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Mar 05, 2013 at 12:40pm IST

Pokhran spying case: MHA staffer arrested for having alleged links with ISI spy

New Delhi: A Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) staffer was on Monday arrested in Pokhran spying case. Chandrashekhar, a section officer in the foreign division of the MHA, was arrested by the Rajasthan police for his alleged link to spy Sumer Khan who was arrested for leaking reports of the Indian Air Force's air exercise 'Iron Fist' in Pokhran to ISI.

Intelligence sources said Sumer was sharing information of the IAF's exercise with his maternal uncle in Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan for days. His uncle has been working for ISI for the last few years, they said.

Sumer is currently under the custody of the Joint Interrogation Cell in Jaipur where the security agencies are questioning him. The sources said he was caught after his calls to Pakistan were intercepted by the army intelligence and IB.

They claimed that Sumer had been working for his uncle for the past two years and had been sharing vital information related to all the exercises, which have taken place in the region in the past two years besides the various defence installations in the region. Following interception of his calls to Pakistan, he was caught from his home in Pokhran.

A 10th class passout, Sumer is an expert in computers and would talk to his uncle over phone in code words. He would frequently travel to Pakistan and is believed to have passed on maps and other documents pertaining to defence structure in the western sector.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)

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