Lucknow: A joint team of Delhi Police and UP Special task force on Tuesday nabbed two aides of arrested Pak spy Syed Amir Ali.
The arrest was carried out within hours of the Delhi Special Cell team bringing alleged Pakistani spy Jabbar alias Syed Amir Ali to Lucknow for identification as his genuine Indian passport was issued from here.
Jabbar was arrested on suspicion of being a spy by immigration officials from Delhi’s IGI airport while he was about to board a flight to Damman in Saudi Arabia.
He was later found to be carrying maps and photographs of defence and other sensitive installations in central and western Uttar Pradesh.
Investigators are now claiming that Jabbar also had maps of various flyovers in the city and also that he was looking to gather information about the upcoming Commonwealth Games to pass it on to his bosses in the ISI.
The Delhi Police is collaborating with Uttar Pradesh anti-Terror Squad to investigate his links who helped him procure documents on a fake address from Lucknow.
The identity of the arrested persons have not been officially revealed.
However, one has been identified as Khalil. The two are suspected to be a key aide of Jabbar and had played a vital role in helping him procure a driving license and passport from Lucknow. The two also helped Jabbar when he stayed in Lucknow for a year.
As per reports, Jabbar told Khalil that he was originally from Punjab and was working in Dubai when he lost his passport, following which he was deported to India and that he did not want to go back to his hometown.
Khalil then, as per reports, asked his son Usman to arrange for a passport for Jabbar. He took Rs 14,000 for the favour.
Sources say that, Khali is likely to be charged under the Official Secrets Act and the Passport Act.
Initial investigations have so far revealed that driving license, false marksheet and other documents were all made in Lucknow.
Earlier yesterday, Ali was taken to the house at Vijay Khand in Gomti Nagar, where he lived during his stay in the city. The police confirmed from the landlord that Ali had stayed in the house between 2005 and 2006.
The police have also, reportedly, taken Jabbar to the house at Jamboor Khana, Qaiserbagh on Monday night. The address is mentioned in Ali’s passport as his residence.
The Uttar Pradesh police are clear in a fix after the revelation that a Pakistani national could easily procure a Indian passport from the state.
"The Lucknow police has been directed to probe as to how the Pakistani national, arrested from the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi yesterday, managed to obtain a passport on a fake address," Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brijlal told reporters here.
"During his stay, Ali managed to get a passport issued on the basis of vague address and got some other documents issued in his name on the basis of the passport," the ADG said.
Police claim that Jabbar, who was staying in Shahdara area of Delhi in the guise of a man hailing from Lucknow, belongs to Karachi. He was working as a technician in a mobile phone repair shop in Mansarovar Park in north-east Delhi.
Investigators have learnt that he entered India through Nepal five years ago.