UP ATS( Anti Terror squad) arrested a retired soldier, Signalman Saurabh Sharma, who was honey trapped by Pakistan’s spy agency, ISI. It is to be noted that the soldier belonged to Indian Army Corps of Signals which handles military communications.
During his questioning he revealed, revealed that he on Facebook came in touch with the Pakistani Intelligence Operative in 2014 who initially introduced ‘herself’ as a defence journalist. This pattern of a female approaching soldiers as defence journalist was seen in myriads of recent arrests of moles.
Saurabh Sharma had shared several sensitive military information by 2016 in return of money. Sharma used to share information in form of text, audio and photo messages and also on call mostly using WhatsApp. It is reported that he has received several payments from his handlers. The soldier was discharged from Army in June, 2020 for medical reasons.
In Nov 2020 officials of Lucknow Military intelligence had received inputs indicating involvement of retired Signalman Saurabh Sharma in espionage activities. The details were shared with UP ATS in early December and a joint probe was initiated. The operation was named–Operation Cross-Connection.
Last year many cases of honey trap had emerged, from HAL and from defence forces, with the most being arrested in Operation Dolphin’s nose, when 13 Navy personals were arrested.
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