India: Police arrest third suspected Pakistani spy

Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police, Ravindra Yadav, said the suspected spy was tasked to collect information about troops' deployment in the border areas. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 28, 2016, 10.25 AM (IST)

The Delhi police on Friday arrested a passport and visa agent, identified as Shoaib, allegedly involved in the espionage ring run by an expelled Pakistani official.

The Jodhpur-based agent is the third suspected spy in the alleged espionage ring.

Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Delhi police, said Shoaib was tasked to collect information about troops’ deployment in the border areas, news agency Reuters reported.

"He (Shoaib) was also tasked to collect information about army, BSF (Border Security Force) deployment and troops' movement. In the process, he had developed a large network. He had good relations with Maulana Ramzan, who was arrested day before yesterday (October 26), and Subhash Jangir. We have information about a few more names. I can't give much detail because interrogation has just begun," Yadav said in New Delhi, according to Reuters.

Yadav claimed that the spy had visited Pakistan at least six times.

"His mother and maternal uncle hail from Pakistan," Yadav added.

On Thursday, India expelled a Pakistani diplomat Mehmood Akhtar, who allegedly ran a spy ring that collected sensitive information about Indian security operations along its border after arresting two of his agents, Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)