The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh Police Tuesday arrested a person for allegedly sharing information about the Indian Army with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents.
The police said the accused, Shailesh Kumar, 28, had previously worked as a contractual employee with the Army in Arunachal Pradesh. He worked with the Army for two months in 2020 and seven months in 2021 as a porter. Kumar is a resident of Kasganj district in Uttar Pradesh.
“Shailesh Kumar is presently not associated with the Indian Army but he claims in his profile on social media that he is still working with the Army,” said a police officer. He added that Kumar had uploaded a photograph of him wearing an Army uniform on social media.
According to Additional Director General (ATS) Mohit Agarwal, Kumar came in touch with a woman named Harleen Kaur, an alleged ISI handler, through Facebook. He started chatting with Kaur on Messenger. Meanwhile, he also started interacting with another alleged ISI handler called Preeti on WhatsApp.
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“Shailesh Kumar had introduced himself to Preeti as an Army jawan. After some time, Preeti told Shailesh Kumar that she worked for the ISI and asked him to support her. She promised to give him a hefty amount in exchange for information about the Indian Army. Shailesh then started providing information about the Indian Army which included vehicle movement and the location of troops. Preeti used to send him money in exchange for the information,” added the police officer.
He further said, “Harleen and Preeti are ISI handlers. They provide information to the ISI after collecting it from people.”
Kumar has been booked under various charges including waging or attempting to wage war against the Government of India, and various Sections of the Information Technology Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.