06 May, 2017
The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Uttar Pradesh today arrested a suspected ISI agent and one more suspect from Faizabad district of the state.
In the transit remand copy Maharashtra ATS officials had said that Qureshi (33), who was arrested from Pydhonie by the UP ATS on Wednesday night, was employed with Naviwala and had sent money to Ali, arrested in Faizabad, on Naviwala's instructions.
The two suspected ISI agents - Altaf Qureshi and Javed Iqbal - were arrested in a joint operation by the anti-terrorism squads of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Qureshi, a hawala operator, had allegedly deposited money in the bank account of Aftab Ali.
Hinting that officials of Pakistan High Commission were in direct touch with the ISI agent, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra said, "One of the officials of Pakistan High Commission Meharban Ali was in touch with the agents". "The ISI operatives approached him over telephone in 2014 and offered him an assignment of clicking pictures of Faizabad Cantonment area and sending it to them".More news: Lawmakers settle on $1T plan to avoid US gov't shutdown
They were part of an espionage racket linked to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. He had reportedly shared movement details of army troops and their strength in Faizabad and Lucknow with ISI handlers. "The people residing in Dorji have good reasons to be in touch with the people in Pakistan".
The UP ATS is likely to make more arrests in connection with the case.
Acting on inputs, security was upgraded at several religious places - including Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura - and at vital installations like airports, bus and railway stations.
The priest-turned-politician had also asked the officials concerned to ensure laying of 4-lane road connecting famous temples for the convenience of visitors. "We are coordinating with other agencies to thwart such attempts", Arun said.
According to the latest alert, the ISI is planning to launch attacks in the northern state under the code name "Operation Krishna India". We are also going through the accused's bank statements, but it seems they mostly dealt in cash.