The Punjab Police on Tuesday busted a significant cross-border espionage community with the arrest of two Army personnel on expenses of spying and offering labeled paperwork to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, an official launch learn.
Those arrested have been recognized as Sepoy Harpreet Singh (23), who hails from village Cheecha in Amritsar and was posted in Anantnag. He joined the Indian Army in 2017 and belongs to 19 Rashtriya Rifles. Sepoy Gurbhej Singh (23), a local of village Punian in Tarn Taran, belongs to 18 Sikh Light Infantry and was working as a clerk in Kargil. He had joined the Indian Army in 2015.
Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Dinkar Gupta stated that Jalandhar Rural Police led by SSP Naveen Singla, whereas investigating an NDPS case, recovered confidential and secret paperwork associated to the functioning and deployment of the Indian Army from cross-border drug smuggler Ranvir Singh, who was arrested with 70 grams heroin on May 24, 2021.
He stated that, throughout interrogation, Ranvir disclosed that he received these paperwork from Sepoy Harpreet Singh, who was his buddy, as they each belong to the identical village.
“Ranvir motivated and lured Sepoy Harpreet Singh with financial benefits for sharing defence related classified documents, following which the latter induced his friend Sepoy Gurbhej into such anti-national spying activities,” stated DGP Dinkar Gupta, whereas including that since Gurbhej was working as a clerk in 121 Infantry Brigade Headquarters in Kargil, he might get easy accessibility to these labeled paperwork containing each strategic and tactical information relating to the Indian Army.
He stated that each the accused Army personnel had already shared pictures of over 900 labeled paperwork— pertaining to defence of the nation and nationwide safety to Ranvir Singh over a interval of 4 months between February and May 2021 who had additional handed them on to Pakistani Intelligence Officers.
The DGP revealed that Ranvir additional used to ship these labeled paperwork to both the Pakistan ISI operatives straight or through Gopi, who has been recognized as the primary drug smuggler from village Dauke in Amritsar having hyperlinks with Pakistan primarily based drug-smuggling syndicates and ISI officers, who invariably work in tandem with one another.
Following Ranvir’s disclosures, the Police have additionally arrested Gopi, who has confessed to having transferred labeled paperwork to Pakistan-based drug smuggler, certainly one of whom has been recognized as Kothar and an alleged Pak ISI operative recognized as Sikander in lieu of provide of heroin and monetary advantages, DGP Dinkar Gupta stated including that each one these pictures had been transmitted over encrypted Apps.
According to preliminary investigations, DGP Dinkar Gupta stated that Harpreet Singh and Gurbhej Singh received financial inducements for sharing confidential information. He stated that Ranvir Singh gave cash to Harpreet Singh, who additional used to switch it to Gurbhej’s account.
SSP Naveen Singla stated that the Army authorities had handed over each the accused Army personnel to Jalandhar Rural Police and additional investigations had been being carried out to confirm the involvement of every other accused individuals.
Meanwhile, sections 124-A and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 3, 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act have been added after nominating the names of each the Army personnel and Gopi within the FIR no. 73 dated May 24, 2021, which was initially registered towards Ranvir below sections 21(B)/61/85 of the NDPS act at Police Station Mehatpur in Jalandhar Rural.