New Delhi: The stay of arrested Indian woman
diplomat in a border district of Jammu and Kashmir was being
probed by security agencies who continued to grill her over
her contacts in Pakistan and the nature of documents supplied
by her handlers.
The 53-year-old Gupta had driven to Sunderban area of the
border district of Rajouri during which she had toured the
area extensively in her Pakistan-registered car, official
sources said today.
The woman has been maintaining in her interrogation that
her action stemmed out of the alleged ill-treatment meted out
by Indian Foreign Service officials to her and the way she was
treated with contempt all these years.
The diplomat was quizzed today about information
alleged to have been passed on to Pakistani intelligence
agencies. She was arrested here six days ago after being
called back from Islamabad where she was posted as Second
Secretary in the Press and Information wing.
She claimed that her pay had been stopped for four years
by the Ministry of External Affairs and she was not allowed to
bring her car after her posting in the African nation had been
completed, the sources said.
She has been maintaining that certain classified
documents were procured from within the Indian Mission in
Islamabad. The security agencies were questioning about her
visit to Rajouri and her stay there for three days, the
She has named as her handlers Mubassar Rana, in his late
50`s, and Jamshed, another Pakistan intelligence official in
his early 30`s.
A high-ranking Army officer and an external intelligence
agency official have already come under the scanner of
Gupta, who belongs to IFS-B service, is the first
official of the Foreign Service who has been arrested for
allegedly spying for Pakistan.
She is said to have been under surveillance of Indian
security agencies for about four months before it was decided
to arrest her. Gupta was called to Delhi last week on the
pretext of discussion over SAARC summit being held at Thimphu.