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- Sources say Pakistani spies tried to intrude the Railways
- They were even tasked with monitoring troops and equipment
- Abid Hussain and Tahir Khan were asked to leave the country
On Sunday, one of the two Pakistani spies was caught in Delhi who was trying to monitor the movement of Indian trains which were carrying soldiers and military equipment was caught and made to leave India in under 24 hours, said people with direct knowledge with the matter.
The two spies who go by the names Abid Hussain and Tahir Khan worked in the visa department of the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi and on Sunday were detained by the special cell of Delhi Police for involvement in espionage against the country.
As per reports, the two worked for Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan and used fake identity papers to move around in India.
Quoting the officials from the embassy, news agency AFP reported that they left India on the night of Monday.
Reports claim that Abid Hussain took several fake identities to lure the official in India working in several chief organizations and departments.
One such alias used was “Gautam” where he pretended to be the brother of a fictional journalist to get easy access to people, suggests the report, which added, that the mission of the Pakistani spies was to run an “asset” in the Indian Railways.
The reports said, “After identifying a possible recruit in the railways, Abid Hussain approached him and tried to gain his confidence by asking for information about train movements for his non-existent journalist brother, who was supposedly doing a story on Indian Railways and for which he was willing to pay some money,”.
“Abid Hussain then planned to gather as much intelligence as possible about Indian trains carrying troops and equipment through his newly recruited asset,”.
On Sunday, the Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said that the two spies have been “declared persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission,”.
The Ministry added, “Pakistan’s Cd’A was asked to ensure that no member of its diplomatic mission should indulge in activities inimical to India or behave in a manner incompatible with their diplomatic status,”.