The Punjab Police on Tuesday arrested two Army personnel and busted a major cross-border espionage network that was allegedly involved in providing classified documents to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Agency of Pakistan. The breakthrough and recovery of secret documents came while Jalandhar Rural Police, led by SSP Naveen Singla, was investigating a Narcotic Drugs And Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) case.
One of the arrested suspects was identified as Sepoy Harpreet Singh (23) — who hails from village Cheecha in Amritsar — and was posted in Anantnag. He joined the Indian Army in 2017 and belongs to the19 Rashtriya Rifles. The second arrested man is Sepoy Gurbhej Singh (23), a native of village Punian in Tarn Taran, who belongs to 18 Sikh Light Infantry and was working as a clerk in Kargil. He had joined the Indian Army in 2015.
A press release issued from Jalandhar, Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab, Dinkar Gupta, said that Jalandhar Rural Police, led by SSP Naveen Singla, while investigating an NDPS case, recovered confidential and secret documents related to the functioning and deployment of Indian Army from one Ranvir Singh, who was arrested with 70 grams heroin on May 24, 2021. Ranvir is a known cross-border drug smuggler.
He said that during interrogation, Ranvir disclosed that he had got these documents from Sepoy Harpreet Singh, who was his friend, as they both belong to the same village.
“Ranvir motivated and lured Sepoy Harpreet Singh with financial benefits and coaxed him into sharing defence related classified documents. Harpreet, in turn, roped in his friend, Sepoy Gurbhej,” said DGP Dinkar Gupta. He added that since Gurbhej was working as a clerk in 121 Infantry Brigade Headquarters in Kargil, he had easy access to all these classified documents containing both strategic and tactical information relating to the Indian Army.
He said that both the arrested Army personnel had so far shared photos of over 900 classified documents — pertaining to defence of the country and national security — to Ranvir Singh over a period of 4 months between February and May 2021. These documents were further passed on to Pakistani Intelligence Officers.
The DGP revealed that Ranvir further used to send these classified documents to either the Pakistan ISI operatives directly or via one Gopi, who has been identified as the main drug smuggler from Dauke village in Amritsar and had links with Pakistan based drug-smuggling syndicates and ISI officials.
Following Ranvir’s disclosures, the Police have also arrested Gopi, who has confessed to having handed over classified documents to Pakistan-based drug smugglers, one of who has been identified as Kothar, and to an alleged Pak ISI operative — identified as Sikander — in lieu of supply of heroin and financial benefits, DGP Dinkar Gupta said that all the photographs were transmitted over encrypted Apps.
According to preliminary investigations, DGP Dinkar Gupta said that Harpreet Singh and Gurbhej Singh got monetary inducements from the ISI for sharing confidential information. He said that Ranvir Singh used to give money to Harpreet Singh, who used to further transfer it to Gurbhej’s account.
SSP Naveen Singla said that both the accused Army personnel have been handed over to Jalandhar Rural Police and further investigations were being carried out to ascertain the involvement of other possible suspects.
High alert at Jammu-Kashmir National Highway, strict checking in Kathua
Two mysterious flying objects suspected to be drones that were spotted at Birpur Kaluchak area of Jammu and Nihalpur in Kathua on Friday by the local youth have prompted the security agencies to go on high alert.
The video of the drones captured by the locals soon became viral. A quick reaction team of the police swung into action and shot it down using anti-drone strategy in the early hours.
Apart from Kathua, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has put nakas at all the entry points of the UT and the National borders. The security forces are led by SSP Kathua along with Kathua Police and SOG team.
The Administration has directed for the information inputs. Any information by the locals shall be taken into consideration and investigated.
The security forces have appealed the public and passerby people to co-operate with the checking on the Highways.
Since the drone attack at the Jammu Airforce airbase on June 27, several drones have been spotted on multiple locations in Jammu in the last month and the strict checking at the Police nakas is ongoing.
Youth in Kathua Stage Protest Against SHO, Kathua, Demands Termination
Yesterday a Councillor got engaged with a JK Police Officer. The Councillor has reached to review a protest by the Shiv Nagar, Kathua, over the power cuts. The protestors have blocked the National Highway. The police officer asked the protestors to stage their protest off the road and not block the Highway. But, on numerous requests by the police, the protestors didn’t leave the road then the police started dragging the protestors from the road.
On Saturday, the youngsters of Kathua protested against Kathua Police and blocked the road. According to the youngsters, the SHO has misbehaved with the Councillor. A police party tried to resolve the matter, but the protestors didn’t agree. The Councillor demanded that the SHO apologize for his actions in front of the media or be suspended.
While talking to the media, a Sarpanch said, “yesterday’s incident was very shameful. The people elected the Councillor, and the SHO dragged him like an offender. The locals were protesting only to demand their rights. They were not doing anything illegal. We criticize the incident and demand that the SHO should be suspended. If he treats the Councillor this way, then how he treats the common public”.
Yasha Mudgal chairs Board meeting of Jammu Central Co-op Bank Ltd to sanction a 100 Crores Loan for Govt backed JKIDFC
Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Anshul Garg; Managing Director, Jammu Central Cooperative Bank, Nishi Kant Sharma; Director, Accounts & Treasuries Jammu, Neeraj Gupta Bakshi; Director, Agriculture Jammu, Dr K K Sharma; Senior Advocate, Seema Khajuria Shekhar; Ex President, J&K Bank Ltd, S K Bhat; attended the meeting as members of the Board via video conferencing.
Managing Director, Jammu Central Cooperative Bank apprised the meeting about the various components and the present status of the physical and financial achievements of the bank. He also highlighted the various issues pertaining to the dealing with disbursement of loans of agriculture, horticulture and Cooperative sectors.
On the occasion, the members of Professional Board of Directors of Jammu Central Cooperatives Bank Limited also spoke and gave their valuable suggestions to further improving the working of the bank and also agreed with the Chairman for sanctioning 100 cr rupees loan to JKIDFC Ltd, considering it a good business opportunity backed by irrevocable and unconditional guarantee by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. The board unanimously decided that bank should sanction and release the said term loan in favour of JKIDFC subject to compliances of the observations raised by the Directors during the deliberations.
Secretary directed the MD to follow guidelines of RBI, and NABARD . With the sanctioning of the said term loan of Rs. 100 crores, the CD ratio of the bank will improve substantially and NPA ratio will come down. This will also lead to an increase in the interest income of the bank with good returns. The bank which is reeling under losses year after year , will be immensely benefitted with this regular income which will result in its operating income going up and losses getting reduced .
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