ISI agent arrested in Meerut


New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) arrested Mohammad Ezaz, suspected to be a Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent, from Meerut on Friday. He was found to have classified information relating to the military establishment and evidence of information exchange with his Pakistani counterpart.

Inspector General Sujit Pandey of UP STF said, in an interview to a newspaper, that the suspect had already sent confidential data regarding Indian military establishments and the scheduled movement of Army units to Pakistan.

He also mentioned that Ezaz had pictures and videos of an emergency landing of the Mirage 2000 fighter jet on Yamuna Expressway, the movements of the mountain brigade at Pithoragarh along with visuals of an under-construction runway. His bank account transactions in India showed operations of more than Rs 6 lakh in the last two years.

“He sneaked into India from Bangladesh on February 9, 2013. He has already handed over classified information on the movement of the Sukhoi 30 combat aircraft and their hangars. He has sent his handlers information on cantonments in Bareilly, Meerut, Agra, Pithoragarh, Shahjahanpur and Mathura. He was in contact with a man called Salim, an officer of the ISI. His family was receiving Rs 50,000 per month in Pakistan for his services,” informed Pandey.

In addition to the classified documents, investigators in Meerut found out a fake Aadhar card of him with his wrong Bareilly address, a fraud voter ID card prepared in West Bengal, a Delhi Metro traveller card, and Nepali and Saudi currency from him. His laptop, pen drive and ATM card were seized. An NADRA card (Pakistani national identity card) was also found with him, according to the IG.

Suspect Mohammad Ezaz is said to be a citizen of Islamabad in Pakistan and was living in Bareilly district of UP for the last few weeks according to the STF.

However, the Indian investigative agencies had received specific inputs on a similar activity, where a meeting between commanders of three Islamic terror outfits- Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and the Pakistan’s ISI to chalk out plans to carry out attacks on Indian soil.

The terrorists are reported to be highly trained and were instructed to cross the border into India before snow blocks the routes in the upper reaches, the intelligence reports claimed. A report also suggested that ISI was not only providing logistic support for carrying out the attacks, but it also held a detailed briefing of 30 terrorists from the three outfits in a camp somewhere in Pak-occupied Kashmir (POK).