28th October 1997
RAJOURI: Army have arrested a spy of Pakistan's Field Intelligence Unit (FIU) who was trying to exfiltrate to Pakistan along with maps of vital installations of two metropolises -- Mumbai and New Delhi from Thand Paani area near Sundarbani in this border district.
The spy is reported to have disclosed his identity as Abdul Gani, a resident of border village Surankote in adjoining Poonch district.
Official sources said local people in Thanda Paani area noticed the spy moving in mysterious circumstances in the village last night. The people, who were reeling under tension in view of stepped up militant activities in the district, caught hold of the spy.
Another group of people informed army personnel in their nearby camp. Army personnel reached the spot and apprehended the spy after hot chase.
Troops whisked away the apy to a nearby camp and during searches recovered maps of vital installations of Mumbai and New Delhi from his possession. The maps covered major National Highways and roads besides housing important offices in the two metro cities of the country.
Some other incriminating documents were also recovered from Abdul Gani which confirmed that he was an FIU agent. Sources said it is being ascertained from whom the spy managed maps of vital installations of the metros.
Abdul Gani is reported to have confessed during interrogation that he was trying to exfiltrate to Pakistan from the Line of Control (LOC) in Rajouri district. He had to supply the maps to FIU officers in Pakistan, the sources said.
They said the seizure of the maps was significant as intelligence agencies have reports that Pakistan was trying to create distrubances in metro cities of India. A series of explosions have rocked New Delhi this month and police have not ruled out the hand of the ISI behind the blasts.