Punjab & Region

Racket of espionage through honeytrap of Defence personnel busted by Ludhiana Police

The Fact News Service
Ludhiana, September 14

A secret input was provided by Air Force Intelligence Unit, Jodhpur, acting on which a Case FIR No 235 dated 12/09/2021 PS Div No 06, Ludhiana has been registered. In a statement issued by Ludhiana Police it was informed that on the directions of Naunihal Singh IPS, Commissioner of Police Ludhiana and under supervision of Simratpal Singh Dhindsa DCP Investigation, Rupinder Kaur Bhatti ADCP Investigation team of Incharge, CIA-3 Ludhiana and Counter Intelligence Ludhiana rounded up one Jaswinder Singh s/o Ranjit Singh r/o Village Uchi Daud PS Maloud. He works in a factory in Malerkotla and is financially weak.

During questioning, it has come to light that he is in touch with a PIO (Pakistan Intelligence Operative) who has introduced herself as Jasleen Brar from Bathinda. This operative has been using Whatsapp number activated through OTP provided by Jaswinder Singh to honey trap other army personnel. Whatsapp chats have confirmed contact between 7 Defence personnel and the PIO. Further analysis of Whatsapp chats is being done. It has also been confirmed that PIO has managed to get entry into two Whatsapp groups of defence personnel namely ‘Western cmd mutual posting’ and ‘MES information update’. PIO being member of these groups is monitoring these chats and may cultivate/honey trap new personnel through social engineering. Jaswinder Singh also received Rs 10,000 from PIO in his ICICI bank account via ‘Phone Pe’ app. On directions of PIO he further transferred this amount to one SBI Bank account which belongs Pune, Maharashtra. Also the audio messages show that PIO was tasking him to go Jaipur Bus stand and receive a CD which is being verified. Jaswinder Singh has provided three numbers to PIO for Whatsapp usage.

Further investigation in this matter is going on. Accused – Jaswinder Singh s/o Ranjit Singh r/o Village Uchi Daud, PS Maloud, Distt Ludhiana. The accused has been arrested u/s 124-A, 153-A, 120-B IPC and 3, 4, 5, 9 Official Secret Act PS Div No 06, Ludhiana.

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