ISI ‘spy’ held in Pokharan, remanded in custody

An alleged ISI spy has been arrested for passing information to an officer of the Pakistani intelligence agency about the just-concluded IAF exercise, Iron Fist, in Pokharan.

Sumaar Khan (35) was taken into custody by a Rajasthan Police team from his house in Pokharan area in Jaisalmer district after he was caught spying for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Additional DGP (Intelligence), Dalpat Singh Dinkar said.

"He was sharing information with an officer of a unit of ISI in a coded language. He was under observation for some time and was also being monitored on February 22 when the IAF exercise was going on," he said.

Sumaar, who was allegedly trained in spying by the ISI in Pakistan last year, was served a notice under section 8 of the Official Secrets Act and was questioned on Sunday.

Later on Monday, he was arrested and brought to Jaipur for joint interrogation by intelligence agencies, the Additional DGP added.

A local court magistrate in Jaipur remanded Sumaar in police custody for eight days.

Dinkar claimed that Sumaar confessed to have passed various important information about defence installation in the western sector in coded language through different cellphone numbers and Internet. A class X dropout, Sumaar is a computer expert.

"He visited Pakistan in October-November last year where he came in contact with ISI through his maternal uncle Shah Mohammad who lives in Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan," the officer said.

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