New Delhi, Jan 13: From 'hello-hi' to honey trap. After normal messaging, intimate messages started between the two. This is how Army Jawan Sombir was netted by an alleged female Pakistani agent who was a young student from Jammu for the Army jawan. Once'slave, of the girl, jawan allegedly sent pictures of tanks, armoured vehicles, weapons, and location of army companies to the Pakistani agent.
The Indian Army jawan posted in a tank regiment in Jaisalmer has been arrested by the Rajasthan Police. The accused has been arrested under multiple Sections of the Official Secrets Act, 1923.
"The jawan has been arrested in Jaisalmer by the Rajasthan Police and the Army is providing all possible assistance to the civilian authorities in this investigation," Defence PRO Colonel Sambit Ghosh was quoted as saying.
“We have clues that a few months ago, Sombir was paid Rs 5,000 for spying. And that money was transferred into the account of accused’s brother in order to evade suspicion. Subsequently Sombir transferred money into his e-wallet,” said an investigating officer.
The jawan, identified as Sombir, belongs to Haryana and was posted in the Armoured Corps of the Indian Army.
Sources in the Army said the jawan was in touch with a suspected ISI spy using the profile name of 'Anika Chopra' on Facebook and was chatting regularly on the social media and exchanging details and information about the jawan's armoured unit and its movement.
The Army is now tracking multiple accounts of officers and jawans to probe if the Pakistani spy account was in touch with other personnel to get information from them, they said.
Sources said that more than 50 Army men may have been honey trapped by 'Ánika Chopra'.
“Almost seven months ago, an ISI agent befriended him though social networking platform with an ID as Anika Chopra. “The usual online conversation between the two graduated into video chatting and sharing of some sexual messages. Later on, the agent must have allured Sombit to reveal strategic information for rewards,” an officer told Times of India.
Social media account of “Anika Chopra” is suspected to be a fake with origins in Karachi
News24 Bureau/ Agencies