An employee of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been arrested for providing combat aircraft information to Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Maharashtra police said on Friday that the person was giving intelligence inputs on Indian fighter aircraft and its manufacturing unit to ISI.
“The Nasik unit of the State Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) had received credible intelligence inputs about the person,” a police official said. The person was in constant touch with the ISI. He informed that the person was giving information on the restricted area in the HAL Aircraft Manufacturing Unit, Air Force Base, and manufacturing unit at Ojour in Nashik, besides intelligence inputs on Indian fighter aircraft and its sensitive detailed information.
A case has been registered against the accused under the Official Gupta Act. Three mobile handsets and two memory cards have been seized from him with five SIM cards, the police official said. He said that forensic science laboratories are being sent for phone and SIM card testing.
The official said the accused was produced in court on Friday and has been remanded to ATS custody for 10 days. The Nasik Aircraft Division of HAL manufactures MiG-21 FL aircraft and K-13 missiles. It was established in 1964. It is located in Ojour, which is 24 km from Nashik and about 200 km from Mumbai.
The division also manufactures other MiG variants such as MiG-21M, MiG-21 BIS, MiG-27M, and sophisticated aircraft Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The Division has also repaired MiG series aircraft and repair of Su-30 MKI aircraft.
Earlier, one person was arrested from Nashik on October 5. A Court in Nashik had remanded a person to police custody till October 9 for allegedly sending photos of the defense sector of Devlali to a WhatsApp group in Pakistan.