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ISI espionage racket links spread to Chhattisgarh; three arrested by Bilaspur police

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BILASPUR/BHOPAL: Strong links of Pakistan’s ISI agents’ network have emerged in Chhattisgarh too, with Bilaspur police arresting three youths who were involved in transfer of huge sum of money to suspicious bank accounts.

Two of these youth – Manindra Yadav and Sanjay Devangan were arrested on Saturday while Avadesh Singh was held on Monday. All three are residents of Janjgir Champa district of Chhattisgarh.

They were connected to ISI espionage network through Rajiv alias Rajjan Tiwari of Satna in Madhya Pradesh who was arrested in February this year on charges of espionage for Pakistan’s ISI.

The arrested youth had multiple bank accounts and they would transfer huge sum of money that came into these accounts to other suspicious account.

There are evidences of transfer of at least Rs 42 lakh through these accounts, Bilaspur superintendent of police Mayank Shrivastava told media persons.

The arrested suspects have told police that they were working for the network since 2014 when Rajjan Tiwari, whose mother hails from Janjgir Champa, visited the place and came in contact with Manindra Yadav.

Devangan also has links to Satwinder Singh of Jammu & Kashmir, who is one of the prime accused in the ISI espionage case, police said. The arrested youth have been charged with sedition and other sections of financial misconduct.

Earlier in February, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of MP had arrested over a dozen persons on charges of espionage for Pakistan’s ISI.

ATS chief Sanjeev Shami said the arrested men were involved in sending information about vital installations including army camps to their handlers in the foreign country.

He said that the arrested persons were running an illegal telephone exchange that converted internet calls to cellular and landline calls in order to hide the identities. 

The exchange was used to mask the handlers and was medium for connecting the handlers based in foreign countries and their agents who were involved in anti-national activities. The arrested persons were also involved in lottery frauds and other crimes that are being investigated.

The case caused huge controversy when links of some prime accused with ruling party BJP emerged. The party however quickly dissociated itself with the accused. (File Photo from MP)