New Delhi: A day after busting a major espionage ring with the arrest of two Indians, police on Thursday evening arrested third Indian involved in the racket.
Shoaib, the Jodhpur-based passport and visa agent allegedly involved in espionage racket, was detained near his hometown last evening.
Earlier in the day, police revealed that a Pakistan High Commission official, identified as Mehmood Akhtar, was detained on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in an espionage racket involving sharing of sensitive defence documents and deployment details of BSF along the Indo-Pak border with Pakistani spy agency ISI.
Two people, identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, were also arrested for sharing sensitive information and defence documents and deployment details of BSF along the Indo-Pak border with Pakistani spy agency ISI.
"He (Shoaib) was responsible for recruiting Subhash and Maulana in the module. He was detained near Jodhpur today (Thursday) evening," said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (Crime), yesterday.
Shoaib had come in contact with Maulana around a one-and-a-half year back, who lured the latter to join him in collecting vital information about the installations of Army and para-military forces in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the officer said.
On Wednesday, after getting a tip-off about the presence of Akhtar along with Shoaib, Ramzan, and Jangir at Delhi Zoo, the police had nabbed Akhtar along with Ramzan and Jangir but Shoaib had managed to escape, said the officer.
"We had sent a request to Jodhpur Police about detaining Shoaib and today (Thursday) evening he was detained. He will be brought to Delhi soon," said the officer.
Shoaib's questioning is likely to reveal about the network of other spies who were recruited in the module.
Police has also got to know Nagaur-based Ramzan used to recruit locals which included Army and para-military forces personnel to pass on information/documents, said Yadav.
He had introduced Subhash as a para-military officer to Mehmood for getting high money for sharing of important documents, police said.
(With PTI inputs)