‘Spy’ held in Mumbai took orders from ISI officers at Delhi mission

published on December 17, 2010

A 28-year-old visa agent arrested in the city last week on suspicion of spying for Pakistan had allegedly scouted 20-25 terrorism targets across the country on the orders of two diplomats posted at the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi, the police said on Wednesday.

Among the sites scouted by Javed Abdul Gafoor Mozawala were dams, bridges, cantonments and other vital installations, they said.

Sources told The Indian Express that the two diplomats were senior Pakistan Army officers linked to the ISI, on deputation at the High Commission. One is believed to be of Lieutenant Colonel rank; the other a Major. A report detailing dealings between them and Mozawala is being sent to the Centre, and the process of declaring the officers persona non-grata would be initiated soon, they said.

According to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch which arrested Mozawala on December 10, the suspect had, during frequent trips to Delhi over the past two years, passed on pictures of these sites on a microchip to the diplomats.

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