Indian Embassy Employee Arrested in Moscow for Alleged Espionage for Pakistan
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

In a startling development, a staffer at the Indian embassy in Moscow, identified as Satendra Siwal, has been apprehended by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh on charges of espionage for Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI. Siwal, employed by India’s foreign ministry in Russia since 2021, was arrested in the city of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

According to the ATS, Siwal is accused of engaging in anti-India activities by sharing classified information about the Indian army with the ISI. The authorities received intelligence suggesting that ISI handlers enticed employees of India’s foreign ministry with financial incentives to leak confidential data. Siwal allegedly provided military-related information to Pakistan in exchange for monetary benefits.

The arrest followed suspicions raised during an investigation, where Siwal reportedly failed to provide satisfactory answers about the information he transmitted. Subsequent interrogation led to a confession of his involvement in espionage activities. His belongings, including two mobile phones, identity proofs, and a small sum of money, were seized during the operation.

Siwal now faces charges under the Officials Secrets Act, highlighting the severity of the allegations against him. The Indian foreign ministry, aware of the arrest, has pledged cooperation with investigative authorities in the ongoing case.

This incident comes on the heels of heightened vigilance regarding espionage activities between India and Pakistan. Last year, a man of Pakistani origin residing in India for 17 years was arrested on espionage charges. Labhshankar Duryodhan Maheshwari was accused of aiding Pakistani agents in accessing an Indian SIM card, which they allegedly used to hack the phones of children of Indian defense personnel in army schools. The arrest of Siwal underscores the continued efforts by intelligence agencies to combat espionage activities and protect national security.

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