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Candidates hiring detectives to spy on rivals

With campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls gaining momentum, private detective agencies are having a boom time as they are being hired on a large scale by candidates and parties to keep a tab on their rivals.

Though spy agencies were engaged by parties in previous elections as well, this time the trend has changed from “political investigation” to “vote management packages”, experts say.

According to industry sources, out of 50,000 agencies in India, at least 50 specialise in political espionage.PTI

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