An employee of the Mundra dockyard in Gujarat has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly being an agent of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Sevices Intelligence (ISI).
The arrest relates to a case registered in Uttar Pradesh against another alleged ISI agent that the NIA has been investigating.
Rajakbhai Kumbhar, who worked as a supervisor at the Mundra dockyard and hails from west Kutch in Gujarat, was arrested on Sunday. He is accused of having transferred money to Mohammad Rashid, the ISI agent in UP, for providing information about India’s strategically important installations.
An FIR was filed against Rashid at the Gomti Nagar police station in Lucknow on January 19. The NIA again registered the case under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on April 6.
NIA’s investigations revealed that Rashid had visited Pakistan twice. Rashid, who hails from Mughalsarai in Chandoli district, had sent photos of key and strategically important installations in India to his ISI handlers and had also given them information about troop movements in India, NIA officials said.
The ISI had made a payment of Rs 5,000 to Rashid for the information through Kumbhar, the employee of the Mundra port, the NIA said. Kumbhar had first transferred the amount through Paytm to the account of a person named Rizwan, who then transferred it to Rashid, the NIA said.
The agency’s officials said Kumbhar was arrested after many incriminating documents were recovered from his home during a search on Thursday.