balasore: Four DRDO contractual staff held on spying charges in Odisha | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR/BALASORE: Odisha Police on Tuesday arrested four contractual staff of Defence Reach and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Chandipur integrated test range (ITR) in Balasore district for allegedly sharing classified defence secrets to foreign agents, who are suspected to be from Pakistan.
A top police officer said the employees seemed to have been honey-trapped. “These four persons were on Facebook and must have been honey-trapped by some suspected women agents from Pakistan. Further investigation is on,” said the officer, requesting anonymity.
Sources said the accused, who belonged to Jhamparahat and Nuanai areas under Chandipur police station limits of Balasore, passed highly sensitive information about testing of missiles, including one scheduled for testing in the next few weeks, and vital defence installations located in Chandipur and Kalam Island. Police have reportedly got hold of audio clipping of their conversations with the suspected agents.
“They were lower rung contractual employees of DRDO at the Chandipur ITR. Acting on credible intelligence input, we came to know that the four persons had wrongfully and purposely shared classified defence secrets to foreign agents, appearing to be from Pakistan. The accused contacted the foreign agents from various ISD phone numbers and received huge money for acting against national interests,” inspector general of police (eastern range) Himanshu Lal told TOI.
Police did not reveal the money they had received. Sources said they were working as AC and generator operators at the ITR. The accused, whose identities were not disclosed by the police, have been booked under Sections 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 121-A (conspiracy to wage a war against India) and 34 (act done with common intention) of the IPC and Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Official Secrets Act.

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