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Big catch: Alleged ISI agent and dismissed sepoy Sudhanshu Sudhakar who was arrested in Patna on Tuesday.
Big catch: Alleged ISI agent and dismissed sepoy Sudhanshu Sudhakar who was arrested in Patna on Tuesday.

Shoumojit Banerjee

Secret papers on troop deployment in J&K found in his possession

PATNA: A dismissed Indian sepoy, alleged to be working for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, was arrested by the Patna police and the Special Task Force on Monday night after secret documents on troop deployments in Jammu and Kashmir and near the Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Unit in Secunderabad were found in his possession.

Sudhanshu Sudhakar was picked up from the Kankarbagh area following a tip-off from the IB and other intelligence agencies. The police said Sudhakar was also supplying information on missiles to an ISI module.

Booked under OSA

Describing the arrest as a “big catch,” ADG (headquarters) Neelmani said he was booked under the Official Secrets Act.

The police have recovered from Sudhakar a mobile phone, five SIM cards and a SIM card with a Nepal number, along with the receipt of a Kutch-based hotel.

Senior Superintendent of Police Vineet Vinayak said information was extracted from Sudhakar during interrogation. “He was residing at Sitamarhi in Bihar and was on his way to Kathmandu to pass on secrets pertaining to the movement of the Indian Army along the borders to a contact.” Earlier, he had gone to Kathmandu thrice for rendezvousing with a Kathmandu-based ISI member. He was here to collect information about the ordnance factory at Rajgir in Nalanda district, Mr. Vinayak said.

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