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Pakistani, caught spying in India, jailed

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 14:40

New Delhi: A Pakistani national caught
staying here illegally and spying for his country has been
sentenced to six years in jail by a Delhi court, which let off
his two other accomplices for lack of evidence.

Additional Sessions Judge Rajneesh Kumar Gupta convicted
33-year-old Irfan Kausar after it was proved that he was a
Pakistani national and was found in possession of several
sensitive military documents.

"The accused Irfan Kausar has collected the `offending
documents` for the purpose prejudicial to the safety and
interest of the state," the court said, while jailing Irfan.

Irfan was arrested by the Crime Branch of the city police
on September 7, 2005 from Takshak Cyber Cafe at Mohammadpur
village near Bhikaji Cama Place in south Delhi while sending
out through e-mail some sensitive military information.

During probe into the case, he was found to be a native
of village Uggu Chuck in Gujrawala district of Pakistan. The
police told the court that he had sneaked into country through
Nepal and was living in Mohammadpur village under the assumed
name of Ashok Kumar.

A clutch of sensitive documents recovered from his
possession included military information in his writing, 21
photographs of prohibited military area, some sketches, card
of Ambala Cantt military hospital, besides proof of conversion
of 200 US dollar into Indian currency.

The police also arrested his alleged accomplices, Minhaj
of Bhajanpura in North East Delhi and Mohd Ramzan of Maler
Kotla in Punjab. While Minhaz was arrested on charges of
harbouring Irfan in his house, Ramzan allegedly used to
collect military information for him from the border state.

While convicting Irfan, the court also relied upon the
Military Intelligence opinion that the documents recovered
from him were sensitive and secret, having significant bearing
on the security of the state.

While jailing Irfan for six years on spying charges, the
court also sentenced him to varying jail terms for his illegal
stay in India and for forging fake identity papers for himself

The court, however, acquitted Ramzan and Minhaz due to
lack of evidence against them.


First Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 14:40
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