NIA arrests key ISI aide in Vizag espionage case

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a key accused in the Visakhapatnam espionage case for his alleged involvement in snooping and working for Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

According to NIA officials, Giteli Imran, 37, a resident of Gujarat’s Godhra, was arrested on Monday in connection with the case registered under sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Official Secrets Act.

The agency said Imran was involved in carrying out espionage activities and working for Pakistan’s ISI.

The case relates to an international espionage racket in which Pakistan-based spies recruited agents in India for collecting sensitive and classified information regarding locations/movements of Indian naval ships and submarines, and other defence establishments.

Investigation revealed that few Navy personnel came in contact with Pakistani agents through social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp, among others.

They shared classified information for which money was deposited into their bank accounts through ISI’s Indian associates who had business interests in Pakistan.