The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) continues to thoroughly interrogate the arrested three ISI agent from Faizabad and Mumbai. The UP ATS arrested Aftab Ali from Faizabad while the other two, identified as Altaf and Javed were arrested from Mumbai. Both Javed and Altaf are native of Gujarat’s Rajkot. Javed met a man named Iqbal, a native of Karachi, in the year 2007 and 2011 following which Iqbal introduced Javed to a person named Danish.
At the behest of Danish, Javed deposited money in the account of Aftab with the help of Altaf. Aftab admitted in his inquiry that when he went to Pakistan in 2014, training was given to him as to how to send an email and an account in his name was also opened. He had been given Rs. 5000 to buy a laptop and 400 dollars were also given to him.
Altaf and Javed will be presented before the court tomorrow. Earlier this week, a Lucknow Court sent Aftab Ali on nine-day remand to ATS. Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Director General (ADG), law and order, Aditya Mishra said Ali was lured into the network by Pakistan High commission officials.
Mishra told media, “Ali was in touch with an official in the Pakistan embassy in Delhi. He had been allegedly approached by ISI operatives over the phone in 2014 after his visa to meet his relatives in Pakistan was rejected by the high commission three times.”
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Mishra informed that Ali had apparently confessed during the questioning that he got into spying as it helped him earn easy money. A tip-off by Ali during helped the ATS to arrest another ISI agent Altaf Bhai Qureshi from Mumbai. “Qureshi was in the hawala trade and provided money to Ali for sharing crucial information with his ISI handlers,” Mishra added.
Ali visited Pakistan twice since, in 2014 and 2016 respectively. The ISI operatives also provided him with other facilities and paid him some money when he was returning to India after a few months stay. The arrest came weeks after the Uttar Pradesh police had issued a warning of a possible attack in the state by ISI-trained agents.