Tiruchy: The arrest of Dhameem Anzari, the alleged spy nabbed while attempting to pass on sensitive information to the ISI in Colombo, has reportedly exposed an increase in the activities of the Pakistan intelligence agency in Sri Lanka. Anzari had reportedly confessed to Q Branch police during initial interrogation that the ISI, which operated out of the Pakistani Embassy in Colombo, had increased its activities of monitoring the southern states of India.
While Anzari was on Friday sent to police custody for 24 hours by Judicial Magistrate II in Tiruchy, officials from agencies like the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Intelligence Wing of the Defence Ministry and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) were reportedly planning to interrogate him separately based on his confession, sources said.
Anzari was brought to the JM Court II in Tiruchy on Friday amid tight security. Judge Rajendran granted police 24-hour custody of the accused and told them not to inflict pain on him, mentally or physically. On Saturday, Anzari should be produced before court by 4.30 pm.
Meeting with ‘Boss’
Police said Anzari (35), son of Abdul Rahman of Thanjavur, went to the Pakistan consulate and met Boss alias Ameer Subbiah Siddique, said to be the man in charge of the TN unit of the ISI at the Consulate. Ameer reportedly had asked Anzari to get him security details of installations in India, especially TN, and promised a hefty sum in return. He tried to send the information online but it failed to reach Ameer. So, he was waiting to hand it over to Ameer personally.
Anzari took footage and photos of security installations in South India and reportedly told several acquaintances that he was making a movie to portray how secure India was. Believing him, some of them volunteered to support his venture, thereby providing ‘unintentional’ help, sources said.