An alleged Pakistani spy has been arrested from Gurdaspur cantonment area on Wednesday night on charges of passing vital information regarding Kartarpur corridor construction work to Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The fresh development could be another matter of concern of for India as ISI could misuse the information to disturb peace in the region. It could also be used to harm pilgrims who visit the corridor after the construction completes.
Intelligence officials said they have nabbed a Gurdaspur resident Vipin Singh on charges of spying for Pakistan.
Officials also recovered a mobile phone from the possession of the accused spy. They claimed that the mobile phone was used by Singh to communicate with Pakistan-based handlers and share photographs of the Kartarpur corridor construction site.
While the motive behind spying on the construction worksite is not yet clear, the intelligence officials are currently interrogating the arrested spy to extract more from him.
However, initial interrogation revealed that Vipin Singh was “promised money” on the completion of “assignment”.
Sources also told India Today TV that Vipin Singh was using WhatsApp to call his handlers. He told the interrogation team that he was also asked to send information on Indian Army establishments besides tracking the Kartarpur construction site. A sum of Rs 10 lakh was given to him for carrying out the assignment, sources added.
The accused spy will be produced in court where police remand will be sought.
Commenting on the development, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said Pakistan will be given a “befitting reply” if any attempt is made to disturb peace in Punjab or elsewhere in India.
“I had also told earlier that our neighbour will not sit idle but we will not let them succeed,” Amarinder Singh said.
He also criticised Pakistan for its decision to charge approximately Rs 1,425 or $20 as entry fee from Indian pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.
“This is no less than a jizya tax. We have also requested Centre to ask Pakistan to withdraw entry fee,” Singh added.