New Delhi: External Affairs Ministry
official Madhuri Gupta, who is in jail on charges of spying
for Pakistan, was looking for blueprints of Salal Hydel
project in Poonch district and of a coal mine in Kalakote
during her visit to Jammu in March-April this year.
This came to light during investigations into the case
by security agencies which were trying to ascertain the
purpose of the visit of the diplomat to Rajouri district.
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 blueprints
pertaining to these projects.
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 around the same
time after terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba slipped into the
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.
A thorough enquiry was launched by security agencies
to ascertain the "source" of Gupta, the sources said.
The 690 MW Salal Hydel project is located in Reasi
district and is one of the major contributors to the northern
power grid with 3,101 million units per year.
Another minor hydel project located in Poonch area was
also under the radar of the ISI and therefore the Pakistani
agency had tasked the diplomat to procure some papers related
to it. She was also asked for a blueprint of a coal mine in
Kalakote in Rajouri.
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 50s,
and Jamshed, another Pakistan intelligence official in his
early 30s, as her handlers.
Her stay in a border district of Jammu and Kashmir was
being probed by security agencies which 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.