Bhopal: The arrest of an army jawan for allegedly spying for Pakistan, took a new turn on Friday with Captain of the unit of arrested jawan Naik Avinash Kumar (25) handed over a complaint to Mhow police claiming that the jawan was abducted. Mhow thana incharge Abhay Nema told Free Press that a Captain of the Bihar Regiment and three others reached the police station late on Friday evening and submitted the complaint. Nema said that as per the procedure, an investigation is underway. Meanwhile, in Bhopal the arrested clerk was produced in a court from where he was sent into police remand till May 26. Talking to Free Press, DPO Vikram Singh said, “Kumar was arrested by the ATS on charge of sharing military secrets with his girl friend in Pakistan.”
Singh further said that Kumar was lured through a fake Facebook profile operated by a Pakistan-based girl. As the two began chatting on FB, the girl asked him to share information pertaining to location, movement and exercises of Indian Army. Singh added that Kumar used to gather information through his contacts in the Army and shared it with his girlfriend through Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. He added that Kumar, who hails from Bihar, was transferred from Assam to Mhow recently. The ATS claimed that he was paid for the information provided by him.
Earlier on Thursday, an ATS team from Bhopal had swooped down on Mhow cantonment and arrested Kumar. A news agency had claimed that the arrest was made in a joint operation by Intelligence Bureau, Military Intelligence and police. He was accused of sharing secret information of strategic importance through social media platforms with a woman for a long time, said a police officer on condition of anonymity and added that sleuths suspect that the information was reaching Pakistan and for which money was paid.