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Security agencies trying to find diplomat`s contact in Jammu

Security agencies are trying to ascertain the purpose of the visit of diplomat Madhuri Gupta, arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, to Rajouri district.



Srinagar: Security agencies are trying to
ascertain the purpose of the visit of diplomat Madhuri Gupta,
arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, to Rajouri
district, amid mounting suspicion that she was there to
receive documents from a "source" but could not do so after
her movements were detected by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Contrary to earlier reports that she had picked up a
packet, the 53-year-old Gupta is understood to have failed to
reach her contact from whom she had to take some documents
pertaining to location of Army units.

However, sources said she could not get in touch with
her contact because of heavy presence of police, paramilitary
forces and other units of the Army which had gathered there in
connection with an encounter that was going on after
terrorists of Lashker-e-Taiba slipped in around the same time.

Gupta is understood to have told her interrogators that
she could not meet her contact because of the heavy police
presence in the area.

The IFS-B officer, who was posted in Indian Mission at
Islamabad as Second Secretary in the Press and Information
wing and arrested in April this year after she was called to
Delhi, has named other officials who need to be investigated,
the sources said.

An enquiry was on to ascertain the "source" of Gupta,
the sources said.

The officer, who is at present in judicial custody, has
been maintaining that certain classified documents were
procured from within the Indian Mission in Islamabad.

The diplomat named Mubassar Rana, in his late 50`s, and
Jamshed, another Pakistan intelligence official in his early
30`s, as her handlers.

Her stay in a border district of Jammu and Kashmir was
being probed by security agencies who had grilled her over her
contacts in Pakistan and the nature of documents supplied by
her handlers.

She had driven to Sunderban in the border district of
Rajouri in Jammu region during which she had toured the area
extensively in her Pakistan-registered car between March 29
and April one this year.

PTI

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