UP ATS has arrested an agent of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI in varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. On the input of Military Intelligence, UP ATS arrested the ISI agent Rashid Ahmad. He was sending photos & maps of military & CRPF installations of Varanasi and Chandauli to his handlers in Pakistan.
According to initial inputs, Rashid went to his maternal aunt living in Karachi in 2018. Thereafter He came in contact with ISI. From March 2019, he used to send pictures of important places and military bases of the country to ISI in exchange for money. In lieu of these information, Pakistani agencies also sent gifts and money to Rashid Ahmed.
In July 2019, Military Intelligence received an input that a youth from Varanasi was sending important information to the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI through WhatsApp. After this, the activities of the young man were monitored for several months.
Finally, a joint team of Military Intelligence and UP ATS was formed. After several months of surveillance and preliminary questioning of the suspects, it became clear that Mohammad Rashid was sending information to Pakistan. Rashid was called for questioning on 16 January 2020. The investigation of Rashid’s mobile made it clear that Rashid has an association with the Pak Intelligence Agency. Rashid was arrested on 19 January,2020.
Rashid sent many photos and videos of some places to ISI handlers in Pakistan. These places include Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Airforce Station Board, Gyanvapi Mosque, Sankat Mochan Temple, Cantt Railway Station, Dashashwamedh Ghat (all locations in Varanasi), Agra Fort, Naini Bridge, Ardhkumbh Mela (Prayagraj), CRPF (Chandauli and Amethi), Gorakhpur Railway Station, Renukoot Thermal Power Plant (Sonbhadra), India Gate (Delhi), Ajmer Sharif (Rajasthan), Nagpur Railway Station.
Pakistani handlers also asked Rashid Ahmed to provide the photos and videos of current anti CAA-NRC protest in Lucknow and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
According to sources, Rashid Ahmed had visited Karachi (Pakistan) twice in 2017 and 2018-19 to attend his relatives marriage functions. Rashid’s aunt Hasina, her husband Shagir Ahmed and their son Shajeb live in Orangi Town in Karachi.
During Karachi visit, Rashid Ahmed fell in love with one of his cousin. When Rashid went to Karachi second time, then one of his cousin Shajeb introduced him to two ISI agents named as Ashim and Amad.
Ashim and Amad asked Rashid Ahmed to provide two Indian phone numbers to make the new whatsapp account. ISI agents promised him that they would help him to marry his cousin in Karachi. After this, Rashid Ahmed agreed to work with ISI agents.
Rashid Ahmed provided two Indian Mobile numbers to Ashim and Amad and they made two new whatsapp accounts by using these two numbers. Rashid Ahmed provided them the One Time Password (OTP) to enable the whatsapp. These two WhatsApp accounts were used by the Pakistani ISI to honey-trap Indian armed forces personnel.
ISI agents had also instructed Rashid Ahmed to open a shop near an Army base camp in Jodhpur to monitor Army movements. Pakistani ISI agency assured him to pay a sum of Rs 1 lakh and monthly rental of Rs 10,000-15,000 for this job.