Qureshi, suspected ISI agent, had been held during Guj riots
- Author: Ismael Montgomery May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 2:18
"ATS has also detained another person related to espionage activities", Assem Arun, IG, UP ATS said.
In a joint operation conducted by the ATS, central and state intelligence agencies, Ali was picked up from Faizabad.
He said the trio was involved in an espionage racket, with Aftab, believed to have been trained by Pakistan's spy agency ISI, maintaining constant touch with officials in the Pakistan High Commission.
The Maharashtra ATS along with UP ATS carried out a raid in Masjid Bunder area in South Mumbai and identified a man named Altaf Qureshi, the second suspected ISI agent has been identified as Javed Iqbal who was arrested from Yusuf Manzil building at Agreepada on Wednesday morning. Qureshi is a resident of Rajkot district of Gujarat and he was staying in Mumbai in rented accommodation.
The UP ATS is likely to make more arrests in connection with the case. "Aftab returned to India on June 28, 2016, and was in constant touch with officials of Pakistan High Commission", the ADG said.
Following Aftab's interrogation, Qureshi, a hawala operator who also worked for ISI was held in Mumbai. Police were able to tie the deposits to a Mumbai hawala trader Altaf Qureshi who claimed it was Naviwala who gave him the instructions.
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Ali had been allegedly approached by the ISI operatives over the phone in 2014 after his visa to meet his relatives in Pakistan was rejected by the high commission three times, an unidentified official told Hindustan Times.
"Naviwala had been kept under close surveillance since last two months. While examining Aftab's phone we found out he had passed on information about the number of army personnel and trains they had boarded", said the source.
The call history of his mobile revealed that Naviwala's had made several global calls. But they hadn't been able to link him to anything much.
Police were questioning Qureshi to know on whose directive he had deposited the money in Aftab's account.
Naviwala and Qureshi were booked under official secrets Act for spying, communicating with foreign agent and using codes or passwords while sharing information.