ISRO security breach: Accused woman's judicial custody ends today

Oct 06, 2012 at 08:48am IST

New Delhi: The judicial custody of the woman who breached security at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in September ends on Friday. Buela M Sam had posed as a scientist and stayed at the ISRO guest-house for three days with a fake identity card. The woman, who was carrying fake identity cards, was arrested by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on September 21.

During a routine check at the ISRO headquarters in Yelahanka, the CISF stopped her and asked for her ID card. The CISF personnel found the ID card to be a fake and detained the woman, averting a major security breach. Aadhar and Pan Card of different identities were also recovered from her.

A 41-year-old from Ahmedabad, Buela is married to one Alex, who is a high school teacher from Kerala. Her husband claimed that she was not mentally stable and was undergoing treatment, said Bangalore Police Commissioner Jyoti Prakash Mirji. Her husband also said that she had been in a depressed state following her father's death a fortnight ago. Mirji said that her husband’s claims were being verified.

ISRO security breach: Accused woman's judicial custody ends

Buela M Sam who was carrying fake identity cards, was arrested by the CISF on September 21.

Mirji added that she was staying in the ISRO guest house using the fake ID and tried to enter the campus when CISF personnel stopped her at the check post. The policed also said that the woman was apprehended before she could access any of the sensitive areas inside the ISRO campus.

The woman was handed over to the Bangalore Police and later produced before a magistrate who sent her to judicial custody till October 6. She has been booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 171, 448, 471, 465 and 467. Sources say that the woman has been giving conflicting statements.


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