In a significant development, the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has apprehended Satendra Siwal, an employee of the Indian Embassy in Moscow, for allegedly spying on behalf of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI. The arrest, which took place in Meerut, brought to light a complex espionage network that posed a serious threat to India’s national security.

Background of the Arrest:

Satendra Siwal, employed as a Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) in the Ministry of External Affairs, was identified as a key player in the alleged espionage network.

The operation unfolded as ATS received intelligence from confidential sources indicating that ISI handlers were enticing Indian Ministry of External Affairs employees with financial incentives in exchange for sensitive information related to the Indian Army.

Charges Against Satendra Siwal:

Siwal, a resident of Shahmahiuddinpur village in Hapur, was accused of exploiting his position within the Indian Embassy in Moscow to extract confidential documents.

Motivated by financial greed, he allegedly passed critical information concerning the strategic activities of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, and Indian military establishments to ISI handlers.

ATS Statement on the Operation:

The ATS revealed that intelligence pointed to ISI handlers attempting to lure Ministry of External Affairs employees, aiming to obtain strategically important information related to the Indian Army.

The exchanged information was deemed to pose a significant threat to both India’s internal and external security.

Investigation and Interrogation:

Following intelligence gathering and surveillance, Siwal was summoned to the ATS Field Unit in Meerut for interrogation.

During questioning, Siwal reportedly failed to provide satisfactory answers, ultimately confessing to his involvement in spy activities.

Siwal had been serving as an India Based Security Assistant (IBSA) at the Indian Embassy in Moscow since 2021.

Legal Ramifications:

An FIR has been registered against Siwal under sections related to waging war against the country and the Official Secrets Act.

The arrest sheds light on the vulnerability of Indian diplomatic missions to espionage activities, with employees being targeted for sensitive information.

The involvement of an Indian Embassy worker in such activities underscores the need for enhanced security measures and vigilance within diplomatic circles.

The arrest of Satendra Siwal highlights the intricate web of espionage threatening national security. As the legal proceedings unfold, this incident prompts a reassessment of security protocols to safeguard sensitive information within the realm of diplomatic engagements. The ATS operation serves as a stark reminder of the ever-present challenges in maintaining the integrity of national secrets and the imperative of countering espionage activities for the nation’s security.

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