NIA to aid odisha police in the probe into espionage case
4 DRDO contractual workers arrested
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will help the Odisha Police in the investigation into an espionage case against four contractual workers of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The accused, who worked at the DRDO’s Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore, were detained on Tuesday. The case was later handed over to the Crime Branch in Odisha.
It is anticipated that the accused were honey-trapped, after which they shared classified information with foreign agents.
During interrogation, they purportedly revealed that they were in touch with a woman from Uttar Pradesh through WhatsApp and Facebook.
The investigators are certifying the identity of the woman.
In February, an Odisha court had punished one Ishwar Chandra Behera, who before worked as a videographer at ITR Chandipur on contract basis, to life imprisonment for espionage. He was arrested in January 2015 on the charge of disclosing confidential information with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.