Indian agencies investigating possible spying ring inside IAF

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NEW DELHI - The Delhi Police's special cell unit on Thursday arrested an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer on charges of espionage and passing on classified information to Pakistani intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Group Captain Arun Marwaha was detained by the IAF counter-intelligence wing on January 31. Police are iinvestigating if many others are involved in this ring.

“During routine counter intelligence surveillance carried out by the IAF 's Central Security and Investigation Team it was discovered that an officer was indulging in certain unwanted activities through unauthorized electronic devices, which is against existing orders,” said a police official. The IAF handed him over to the Police.

A senior special cell official on Thursday said the officer, posted at the IAF headquarters in Delhi, has been charged under the Official Secrets Act. His phone and laptop have been confiscated. He was produced before a magistrate in the Patiala House Courts Complex, who sent him in five days police custody.

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“The IAF officer befriended the ISI agents on Facebook - they had fake profiles as women - a few months ago and they started chatting regularly on WhatsApp. They allegedly even exchanged intimate messages and pictures,” said the police official.

He started passing on sensitive defence information to a ''woman'' via WhatsApp and Facebook, sources said.

New Delhi