Indian authorities have charged former deputy superintendent of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir Police, Devender Singh, with spying for Pakistan after authorities claimed that they had recovered the contact of his alleged handler in Pakistan, Indian publication The Economic Times reported on Monday.
According to the report, Sindh had saved the number of his alleged handler in Pakistan under the name ‘Pak Bhai’. Indian authorities claimed that Singh had been tasked to carry out further espionage activities in the Hindu-majority country. The alleged handlers of Singh have gone back to Pakistan, the authorities claim.
Singh charged under Unlawful Activities Act
The 3,064-page charge sheet, filed under the controversial Unlawful Activities Act, whereby individuals have previously been charged under precarious circumstances, was filed against Singh and five others. The charge sheet alleges that Singh wished to provide shelter to terrorists.
The charge-sheet alleges that Singh committed himself to a militant group. Singh, it says, was asked to establish a contact in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs by a Pakistani handler, which was to be the center of novel activities. It is also alleged that Singh unimaginatively named his handler “Pak Bhai (Pakistani Brother)” in his contacts.
Singh, however, was conveniently caught before he could do so, the report dryly observes. The charge-sheet also accuses Singh of ‘waging war against India.’ Others that have been charged include Syed Naveed Mushtaq also called “Naveed Babu,” his brother Syed Irfan Ahmad, as well as the group’s alleged overground worker Irfan Shafi Mir.
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