An engineer with the BrahMos Aerospace unit near here was arrested Monday for allegedly leaking “technical information” to Pakistan, an official said. Nishant Agrawal was nabbed in a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS) at BrahMos’ Wardha Road facility, an ATS official said. The engineer was living in a rented accommodation on Wardha Road since the last year, his landlord Manohar Kale said. The police team arrived at the building at 5.30 am and was there till 5 pm, he said.
Agrawal hails from Roorkee and got married two months ago, he said. “He was staying with his wife here and had given his Aadhar card copy and a certificate from his employer to me while moving in,” he said. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the ‘Military Industrial Consortium’ (NPO Mashinostroyenia) of Russia. The company was set up through an inter-governmental agreement signed on February 12, 1998, between India and Russia. The name BrahMos represents the fury of Brahmaputra and the grace of Moskva rivers.