Pakistan espionage racket busted in MP has Delhi connections, Cong alleges BJP members links

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New Delhi: The Pakistan espionage racket – with which alleged BJP’s IT Cell member Dhruv Saxena was associated – was reportedly being operated from the national capital.

Eleven men, including Saxena – who is to be a member of the saffron party’s IT Cell and relative of a ruling BJP councillor, have recently been arrested from several places in Madhya Pradesh by the state’s anti-terror squad (ATS) for allegedly running an international call racket that helped Pakistan’s ISI to collect strategic information related to India’s military operations.

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Quoting its sources, a Hindi daily has reported that intelligence agencies have identified the Delhi-based handlers of the racket who would soon be zeroed in on.

The racket had spread tentacles at Amroha in Uttar Pradesh and Maiosts-affected district of Jamui in Bihar.

Prime accused – Balram – is said to have 200 bank accounts in India and abroad. The Delhi-based operators of the network allegedly deposited around Rs 2 crores in Balram’s accounts in the past two years with an aim to set up a parallel telephone exchange so that their calls cannot not easily be intercepted.

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The amount was allegedly transferred by Balram to his associates – Satvinder Singh and Dadu – who were gathering and sharing secret information of strategic interest stations along the RS Pura sector on the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir to their overseas handlers.

The two – Satvir and Dadu – had reportedly revealed that they were gathering secret information regarding the locations of the Army and other security forces, and sharing the same with Pakistan on a social networking app.

Money was frequently deposited through ‘hawala’ transactions in the accounts of Balram with fictitious names by oversea handlers, who held communication with them in a hush-hush manner.

The handlers also had talks with these persons with different modern secretive techniques of communication to hide identities, said MP ATS chief Sanjeev Shami, adding some tele-communication companies’ staffers too were hand in glove with them.

They were also involved in lottery frauds, he said. Different agencies are working together to bust the entire espionage racket, Sham said, adding more detentions might take place in different parts of the country.

‘BJP members have links with Pakistan’s ISI’

Following Dhruv Saxena’s arrest, Congress today alleged that some BJP members had links with a nationwide spy network helping Pakistan’s ISI and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe in the matter.

Congress spokesperson Jyotiraditya Scindia said the ruling BJP raises question marks on patriotism of its opponents and is busy in giving certificates on nationalism and asked how it has “now been caught sheltering anti-national elements”.

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“We demand that this matter be investigated by the CBI under monitoring of the Supreme court,” he said.

“The truth is that BJP has compromised on national security…The same party has been caught providing shelter to anti-nationals. The BJP which is ruling over the country seems to have become world’s first ‘ISI certified’ party. This is its real face,” he said.

Scindia said the Congress has been raising the issue of internal security inside and outside Parliament for last two- and-a-half years.

“However, it is for the first time that links of these elements have been revealed with the ruling BJP. Four persons out of 11 arrested by Madhya Pradesh ATS have direct links with the ISI. The first person Dhruv Saxena has been member of the BJP Youth Morcha and convenor of the IT cell. There are several pictures of him with the chief minister and with BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.

“Another person Jitendra Singh is a close relative of a BJP councillor in Gwalior. The third, Balram Singh, who is a mastermind of the spy racket, is a member of the Bajrang Dal.

A fourth person arrested Ashish Singh Rathor is a Vishwa Hindu Parishad activist.

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