The alleged Pakistani spy arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police this past week had been working as a technician at a mobile phone repair shop at Mansarovar Park in the Capital’s trans-Yamuna area for the past four years.

The accused, now identified as 36-year-old Jabbar, has been changing his statements. While he had earlier claimed that he was from Karachi, the police suspect that he is a resident of Lahore in Pakistan. After he allegedly sneaked into India through the porous Indo-Nepal border about five years ago, he reached Lucknow where he lived in a rented accommodation for about a year.

During his stay there, Jabbar purportedly obtained a passport in the name of Syed Amir Ali issued on the basis of forged documents showing him as a resident of Lucknow. He also allegedly got a driving licence in the name of S. A. Ali and some other identification documents made, following which he came to Delhi and started living in Mansarovar Park. He took up the job of a technician at a mobile phone repair shop run by one Rinku, sources said.

About two years ago, Jabbar shifted to a house at Jyoti Nagar in Shahdara. The house owner, Akram, had met him at the mobile repair shop. The accused reportedly told the landlord that his parents had died and his brother worked somewhere abroad. He also claimed that in Lucknow he lived near Odeon Cinema. Investigations are under way to ascertain if his antecedents had been verified through the local police. Before he left on November 12, Jabbar had allegedly told the landlord and the others that he had got the job of a driver in Saudi Arabia. However, he was intercepted by the Special Cell at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and arrested after sensitive defence-related documents and photographs, including those of an Air Force base near the Capital and Meerut Cantonment, were allegedly seized from him.

The police believe that Jabbar, now in 10-day police custody, operated under various aliases. He remained in contact with his Pakistan-based handlers mostly through e-mails. Efforts are on to extract details of the emails.

The accused is being taken to different parts of U.P., including Lucknow, to identify the places he had visited and also to track down those actively associated with him.

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