Nagpur/Lucknow: Hours after Nishant Pradeep Agrawal, a young scientist working with the BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL), was arrested on spying charges, it has now come to light that more scientists at the missile research centre in Nagpur were lured by Pakistan’s spy agency for extracting crucial information.
Agrawal, who has been working for the last four years in the BAPL – an Indo-Russian Joint Venture – was nabbed in a joint operation of Uttar Pradesh Police and the Maharashtra Police from Nagpur on Monday evening.
The young BAPL scientist was arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan`s Intelligence agency ISI and other countries, according to sources. Agrawal was reportedly passing on certain highly classified information, including “technological and other details”, to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan as well as the USA.
The UP-Anti Terrorist Squad (UP-ATS), which arrested Agrawal, also detained two unidentified officials following raids in Agra and Kanpur and seized their laptops.
They two unidentified officials have been interrogated by the UP-ATS in this connection.
The joint raids were conducted by specific intelligence tip-off after which Agrawal was placed under surveillance for the past few days by the Military Intelligence as well as Uttar Pradesh Police and Maharashtra Police.
The BAPL officer has been booked under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
Based on its interrogation of the three accused, UP-ATS claimed that several fake Facebook accounts originating from Pakistan have been created in the name of women to “honey-trap” key officials working in sensitive Indian defence-related set-ups.