Suspected PAK Spy monitoring Army units in Arunachal Pradesh arrested

The accused has been identified as Nirmal Rai, a resident of Sadiya in Assam’s Tinsukia district.


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A man suspected to be a spy of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been arrested in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district, near the India-China border, Indian Army sources said.

The accused has been identified as Nirmal Rai, a resident of Sadiya in Assam’s Tinsukia district, the sources said. State Director General of Police (DGP) S.B.K. Singh, when contacted, said Rai had been working as an Indian Army porter at Kibithu and Dichu, two border posts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Rai was arrested on January 6 by Indian Army personnel and handed over to Arunachal Pradesh Police a day after, the DGP said.

“Rai belongs to a Nepali community. He worked at a burger shop in Dubai between 2016 and 2018 before moving to Kibithu,” he said, adding that more details in the case will be available after interrogation. Army sources told PTI that Rai was under surveillance for over a month due to his suspicious behaviour.

Rai was probably trained and recruited by a Dubai-based handler of ISI, an Indian Army official said.

“He was involved in passing on sensitive information on location and deployment of Army units, weapon profiles and artillery guns at Kibithu, as well as infrastructure development along the LAC,” he said on condition of anonymity.

A smartphone has been seized from the possession of Rai, the official said, adding that the arrest was made under provisions of Official Secrets Act, Section 120B of the IPC for criminal conspiracy and section 72 of the IT Act for breach of privacy.

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