On Monday, an engineer working at the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited unit in Nagpur in Maharashtra was arrested by the police. He was arrested on the charges of leaking the information to intelligence agency of Pakistan, ISI and other countries, said sources.
As per the reports, Nishant Agrawal was working in the technical research section of the missile centre for four years. Being a gold medalist at the National Institute of Technology in Kurukshetra, Nishant was a very bright engineer. He recently got married, reported our sources.
The arrest made was a joint operation by the Military Intelligence and the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra police. On the other hand, the police department is still investigating whether he was “honey-trapped” by Facebook IDs in the name of women, which have been traced to Pakistan.
“Very sensitive information was found on his personal computer. We found evidence of him chatting on Facebook with Pakistan-based IDs,” said Aseem Arun, the chief of the anti-terror squad of Uttar Pradesh.
As per the sources, the home and office computers of Nishant have been seized and he will be charged under the Official Secrets Act, as he is accused of sharing some classified and secret information to the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan and some of the other countries as well.
some talks regarding the case are also going on regarding how could Nishant had any access to the classified information as he was only working in the integration facility of the company. Besides this, a suspicious activity has also been noticed from the side of two scientists that are working in a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab in Kanpur, sources revealed.
Brahmos Aerospace basically deals in manufacturing critical components for the BrahMos missile, which is considered as the world’s fastest cruise missile. The said missile can be launched from land, ships, aircraft or submarines. Such a spy scandal is counted as the first to ever happen in the company’s premises.
The BrahMos is given to the missile after the name of a combo of the rivers Brahmaputra and Moscow. The missile can fire on targets as much as 300 km away.