Pak spy surveyed key sites; defence man under lens

A visa agent arrested here for allegedly spying for Pakistan had conducted recce and clicked the photographs of locations inside the defence establishments in Maharashtra.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010, 00:19 AM IST

Mumbai: A visa agent arrested here for
allegedly spying for Pakistan had conducted recce and clicked
the photographs of locations inside the defence establishments
in Maharashtra taking the help of an employee, who has come
under the scanner, a senior police official said on Thursday.

Javed Abdul Gafoor Mozawala alias Salim (28), a resident
of Mazgaon in south Mumbai, was arrested on December 10. He
will be under police custody till December 20.
"Mozawala had gone inside the restricted defence
establishments and taken photos from his camera-loaded mobile
phone. He took the help of a defence employee, who will be
questioned by officials concerned. The person may not be
knowing the intentions of Mozawala`s activities, but he is
under scanner now," the Crime Branch official said on
condition of anonymity.

Police have claimed Mozawala was working at the behest
of two officials of the Pakistan High Commission.

"Western Naval Command in Mumbai and a Navy facility
in Lonavla (in Pune district) were among the various defence
establishments he had surveyed. It was very startling that he
had the telephone numbers of senior defence officials and
establishments," the officer said.

The famous Bandra Worli Sea Link bridge here and Koyna
dam in Satara district were also scouted and photographed by
him, he said.

"The photos give the idea of security arrangements at
the sites. He has taken the pictures of those areas of the
bridge and dam where there will be maximum impact if a bomb is
planted. He surveyed vital locations outside Maharashtra as
well," the official said.
Mozawala, charged with spying for a foreign country,
has been booked under the Official Secrets Act.

The police have also found Mozawala underwent a civil
aviation course related to ground handling operations. Two
certificates of the course conducted by a Mumbai institute
were recovered from his residence.

"The basic idea of obtaining these certificates is to
get a job of ground handling which allows access to restricted
areas at airports," the official said.

Several incriminating documents were seized from
Mozawala`s residence, including a manual related to terrorist
organisations and visa application forms of several persons
for Pakistan, police said.

Mozawala was paid anything between Rs 30,000 to 40,000
a month for `spying`, the officer said adding, "they were
probing how this person managed to buy, in July this year, a
plush flat in a building in Mazgaon which must have cost Rs 50
to 60 lakh. He stayed on rent in western suburbs before that."

Police would also question about 150 to 200 people,
who visited Pakistan after getting visas with the help of
Mozawala, who got remuneration Rs 6,000 per visa.

"He had frequently visited Pakistan`s High Commission.
The seized manual is similar to one associated with the Al
Qaeda," the official added.

During his frequent trips to Delhi, Mozawala passed on
pictures of these sites on a microchip to the diplomats or
sent the chips to his associates through those who visited
Pakistan through him, he said.

PTI