Indian Air Force Group Captain taken in custody on charges of spying for Pakistan

01 February 2018, 08:13 AM
Indian Air Force officer taken in custody on charges of spying; unauthorised device seized (Representative Image)
Indian Air Force officer taken in custody on charges of spying; unauthorised device seized (Representative Image)

An Indian Air Force (IAF) official has been taken into custody by the force for allegedly spying, a senior officer of an intelligence department said.

According to the intelligence department officer, the IAF officials was under scanner of the force from last few weeks.

“He was found of indulging in certain unwanted activities through an unauthorised electronic devices, “added the officer.

The officer denied revealing the name of the detained IAF officer but said he is a group captain of the Indian Air Force - equivalent to a Colonel of the Indian Army.

"The detained was posted in New Delhi and he was possibly spying for Pakistan," added the intelligence officer.

According to him, the detained IAF officer came in contact with his handlers in Pakistan via Facebook and was in regular conatct via Whatsapp and other social media. 

The intelligence agencies also believe that he was also in touch with a local connect in the national capital.

The IAF had discovered the detained officer’s involvement in ‘unwanted’ activities during routine counterintelligence surveillance, added the officer.

The officer confirmed that the IAF officer was taken into custody around a week back and is being questioned by the forces central security and investigation officer along with investigative agencies and intelligence departments.

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The force and intelligence agencies are trying to figure out if any sensitive information have been leaked or not.

First Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 09:47 PM

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