Days after seven sailors were arrested, three more Navy personnel have been held in an espionage case linked to Pakistan.
The accused naval men were allegedly paid by Pakistani Intelligence agency. (Photo: Reuters)
Days after seven sailors were arrested in an espionage racket, investigators have arrested three more Navy personnel for allegedly spying for Pakistan.
The arrested men are identified as Rajesh, Lokanda and Nirajan, serving at Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.
On December 20, seven Naval personnel — three from Visakhapattanam based Eastern Naval Command, three from Mumbai Based Western Naval Command and one from Karwar the base of Karnataka — were arrested. They were allegedly involved in a spy ring with links to Pakistan.
All these men had joined service post-2015. The three accused arrested from ENC Visakhapattanam are Sunny Kumar (Alwar, RJ), SK Das (Gopalpur, Odisha) and S Kumar Sarma (UP).
Others accused Ashok Kumar (Jhunjhun, RJ), Ashok Kumar (Jodhpur, RJ), V Kumar (Alwar, RJ) and Somanath (Pune, MH) were arrested from Karwar Command of Karnataka while one Ashok Kumar Singh was posted at Submarine based at Mumbai.
It is alleged that the arrested personnel, all junior ranks, were ‘honey trapped’ through Facebook and online dating sites.
They were allegedly paid by Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI for sensitive information about Indian Naval ships and submarines, reports said.
The accused naval men including a hawala operator were sending sensitive details related to naval vessels and submarines to Pakistan.
The Intelligence wing in concert with Central Intelligence agencies and Naval intelligence had launched Operation Dolphin’s Nose and unearthed the espionage racket, a release from had said.