The young BrahMos scientist arrested on charges of spying for the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI was leaking information to Pakistani agents while he thought he was Facebook chatting with females bearing the name of "Neha Sharma" and "Pooja Ranjan." The police revealed in court today that the fake social media profiles were established to be based out of Islamabad and are believed to be operated by Pakistan's intelligence operatives.
BrahMos Engineer booked for circulating Private data to Pakistan's ISI. Nishant Aggarwal who reportedly works at BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited in Nagpur was arrested on Monday on charges of spying for Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI and other countries, sources reveal. pic.twitter.com/nuCJo0Sg23— ELECTIONFACTS (@electionfactsin) October 9, 2018
Agarwal was arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Indian Police for violating the Official Secrets Act and espionage. Agarwal is currently in police custody for further questioning and gathering of proof.
The ATS also informed the court that some classified files with red markings were also found in his personal laptop seized from the residence of Agarwal which could be a threat to Indian security.
"We have found certain secret and ultra-sensitive information on his personal computer. It should not have been there on his personal laptop. It violates the provisions of the OSA, and hence he has been arrested," the police submitted before the Nagpur court.
Agarwal's name surfaced during a probe by an anti-terrorist squad into the alleged links of an arrested soldier of the Border Security Force with Pakistan's ISI.
Ironically, Agarwal had recently won the "Young Scientist Award" for the year 2017-18.
Nishant Aggarwal an engineer working at BrahMos missile research centre,Nagpur was arrested on charges of spying for ISI of Pakistan. He was awarded the young scientist award few months ago. He should be dealt with severely to ensure no one dares to repeat such events.#Brahmos pic.twitter.com/JIHFSGqbA6— Anil Pandit (@AnilPan54719755) October 9, 2018