4 Feb 2024

Arrest of Moscow's Indian Embassy Employee by UP ATS Reveals Espionage Link with Pakistan

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (UP ATS) has apprehended a Ministry of External Affairs employee, Satyendra Siwal, accusing him of espionage and collaborating with Pakistan's ISI. Satyendra, stationed at the Indian Embassy in Moscow since 2021, held the position of India Based Security Assistant (IBSA). He was arrested in Meerut.

During an interrogation conducted by the ATS Meerut Unit, Satyendra admitted to engaging in espionage activities. The UP ATS recovered two mobile phones, an Aadhar card, a PAN card, an identity card, and Rs 600 in cash from him.

ISI handlers were luring MEA employees

The operation was initiated based on intelligence from confidential sources, indicating that ISI handlers were enticing Ministry of External Affairs employees with financial incentives in exchange for sensitive information regarding the Indian Army. The exchanged information posed a significant threat to both India's internal and external security.

Satyendra Siwal was a crucial figure in espionage network

Satyendra Siwal, a resident of Hapur, was identified as a crucial figure in this espionage network. Exploiting his position within the Indian Embassy in Moscow, he allegedly extracted confidential documents. Motivated by financial gain, Satyendra reportedly shared critical information about the strategic activities of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, and Indian military establishments with ISI handlers.

The ATS statement highlighted the activities posed a severe threat to India's security. Following extensive intelligence gathering and surveillance, Satyendra Siwal was brought in for interrogation, where he eventually confessed to his involvement in espionage activities.

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