Nabbed ISI agent turns out to be a court-martialled soldier

February 16th, 2008 - 10:42 pm ICT by admin  

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Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) A ground level contact person for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) nabbed by the police Saturday turned out to be a court-martialled former soldier of the Indian Army, a top police official said here. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Rajendra Singh told IANS that an ISI agent Mohammed Sayyed Desai had managed to escape from a police station in the first week of January.

“A watch was kept in a particular place in Pune as we had information that Sayyed was likely to meet some of his ground level contacts. Though Sayyed failed to turn up, we managed to lay hands on one of his Pune contacts. The man turned out to be one Shailesh Jadhav, who had served in the Indian Army as a havildar (non-commissioned officer).”

Interrogation of the 29-year-old Jadhav revealed that he was court-martialled by a military court for desertion and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment that ended in 2006.

“Since then, he has been freelancing as a spy and also acted as a ground person contact for the ISI network active in Pune,” Singh said, adding that the police has also managed to seize several classified documents from Jadhav.

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