A BSF man from Rajouri arrested by ATS in Gujarat for spying for Pakistan


BHUJ, OCTOBER 25: A BSF personnel hailing from Jammu and Kashmir’s border Rajouri district has been arrested by the Anti-Militant Squad here in Gujarat for allegedly working as a Pakistani spy and passing on “secret’’ and “sensitive’’ to the neighbouring country over WhatsApp.

Identified as Mohammad Sajjad of Rajouri district’s Sarola village, the arrested BSF personnel was deployed in the 74 BSF Battalion at Bhuj in July 2021, the ATS said in a release here, adding he was arrested at the BSF headquarters in Bhuj. Sajjad had joined the BSF as a constable in 2012.

Pointing out that he was getting money for providing the information which was getting deposited in the accounts of his brother Wajid and colleague Iqbal Rashid, the ATS added. He also used two phones, on one of which he had last activated a SIM card on January 14-15 this year, When Call Data Record of that number was examined, it was found that the SIM card, belonging to one Satvagopal Ghosh from Tripura, was first activated on November 7, 2020 and Sajjad received two calls on that number.

 The number remained active till November 9 before being deactivated till December 25, 2020. It was reactivated on December 26, 2020, the ATS said.

“On January 15, 2021, when the number was activated, an SMS was received at 12:38:51 hours. An SMS was received on the same number at around 12:38 pm, which seemed to be an OTP for WhatsApp. The number was deactivated thereafter,” it said.

The accused received the OTP on this number and sent the same to Pakistan where he got the WhatsApp activated which he used to send secret information, the ATS said.

WhatsApp was still active and used by some person in Pakistan who was in touch with Sajjad, it added.

Sajjad, who had got his passport issued from the Regional Passport Office at Jammu, had travelled to Pakistan for 46 days between December 1, 2011, and January 16, 2012 on that passport in Samjhauta Express from Attari railway station.

ATS officials said Sajjad had misled the BSF by providing the wrong birth date. As per his Aadhaar card, he was born on January 1, 1992, but his passport details showed his date of birth as January 30, 1985.

“Two mobile phones along with their SIM cards, two additional SIM cards were seized from Sajjad’s possession. Further investigation is underway,” the ATS said.