NIA arrests a key conspirator in Visakhapatnam espionage case

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The ​National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested one of many key conspirator, Mohammed Haroon Haji Abdul Rehman Lakdawala in Mumbai in reference to the Visakhapatnam espionage case. During a search on the home of Lakdawala on Friday, plenty of digital gadgets and incriminating paperwork have been seized by the NIA. An additional investigation within the case continues.

The case pertains to a global espionage racket involving people primarily based in Pakistan and at completely different places in India. Pakistan-based spies recruited brokers in India for amassing delicate and labeled info relating to places and actions of Indian Naval ships and submarines, and different defence institutions. 

The investigation revealed that few navy personnel got here involved with Pakistani nationals by numerous social media platforms comparable to Facebook, Whatsapp and so forth., and had been concerned in sharing labeled info in lieu of financial beneficial properties. The cash was deposited into the financial institution accounts of the navy personnel by Indian associates having enterprise pursuits in Pakistan.

In the case up to now, fourteen accused have been arrested together with 11 Navy personnel and one Pakistani-born Indian nationwide, Shaista Qaiser.

The investigation revealed that arrested accused Lakdawala had visited Pakistan’s Karachi on many events to fulfill his handlers below the guise of conducting cross-border commerce. 

During these visits, he got here involved with two Pakistani spies–Akbar and Rizwan, who directed him to deposit cash into the financial institution accounts of navy personnel at common intervals.