Indian man shares ‘G-20, other secret documents’ with Pakistan; arrested

An armed forces personnel stands deployed next to a G20 banner erected in Srinagar ahead of the event. [FPK Photo/ Zainab]

Ghaziabad: A man employed in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) India has been arrested for allegedly sharing details of G-20 event and other secret documents with Pakistan.

The man, Naveen Pal, a temporary staffer in MEA, was arrested by Ghaziabad Police on charges of espionage based on information by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), reports said.

“Pal allegedly shared confidential information through WhatsApp with a woman he met on social media. The virtual phone number associated with the woman’s WhatsApp account appeared to be from Bareilly in UP,”NDTV reported.

“However, the IP address was traced to Karachi in Pakistan,” the report added.

He allegedly shared multiple pieces of intelligence about India, MEA documents, and details of G-20 meetings with a person in Karachi through WhatsApp.

The reports mentioned the documents recovered from Pal’s phone were marked as “secret”.

Besides, the report said a woman from Rajasthan’s Alwar is under the radar of the investigative agency over her financial transactions with Pal on an UPI platform.

Earlier, DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra police for espionage.

In its chargesheet, the agency mentioned that he was attracted to the Pakistani Intelligence Operative, who used the alias ‘Zara Dasgupta’.

According to the chargesheet, the DRDO scientist chatted with her about Indian missile systems among other classified defence projects.

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