Espionage racket: UP ATS rounds up two more ISI operatives in Mumbai

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The ATS seized Rs 70 lakh from him, the Hindustan Times report added.

IG (UP ATS) Aseem Arun said in Lucknow that leads provided Ali had led to the arrests of Qureshi from Masjid Bunder and Naviwala from Yusuf Manzil building at Agripada.

Mumbai: The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Thursday made another arrest from the city in connection with the alleged global espionage case busted in Faizabad, U.P. on Wednesday.

The ATS officials claimed he was allegedly lured into ISI network by some officials of Pakistan high commission after his visa to meet his relatives was rejected thrice by the embassy.

Hinting that officials of Pakistan High Commission were in direct touch with the ISI agent, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra said, "One of the officials of Pakistan High Commission Meharban Ali was in touch with the agents". Officers have recovered pictures of the cantonment area from his mobile phone.

"Most of the information has been pictographic in nature which was being transferred to Meherban Ali to be ultimately delivered to Pakistani intelligence agency bosses", the ADG stated. In the process, he came in touch with Pakistan High Commission and was indoctrinated during four of his visits to that country.

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Officers claimed that Qureshi was in contact with people associated with the ISI and had been getting instructions from the agency to deposit money in Ali's bank accounts. More arrests are likely to be made as other names have also been cropped up following the interrogation.

Ali also kept a close watch on the movement of Indian Army troops in the area, especially Faizabad and Lucknow, and passed on the information about military activities to Pakistan High Commission and ISI.

Naviwala's role, according to investigations, was limited to sending money to ISI operatives on direct instructions from Pakistan, usually through Qureshi.

Aftab had allegedly gathered information on Army cantonment and other defence establishments, the UP ATS officials said. Iqbal is an aide of Qureshi, the officials told PTI.

The Uttar Pradesh ATS swung into action after intelligence inputs warned of a possible terror attack in state by ISI men.