5 Balasore, (Odisha). Four contract employees of DRDO’s Integrated Test Range in Odisha’s Balasor district were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly passing confidential information to suspected Pakistani agents. . The police informed about this. Inspector General of Police (Eastern Division) Himanshu Kumar Lal said that initially the four were taken into custody and interrogated and after interrogation they were arrested. According to the police, many objectionable materials have also been recovered from them.
Balasore Police issued a statement saying that this action has been taken on the basis of intelligence information, which said that some people are wrongly or knowingly giving confidential information related to defense to foreign agents who appear to be Pakistani. They (agents) are being contacted through various ISD phone numbers. He is accused of passing confidential information to foreign agents and receiving pecuniary benefits in return, the statement said.
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It said that several police teams were formed comprising officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police and Inspectors and after the raids, contractual employees of the Integrated Test Range of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) at Chandipur were arrested. A case has been registered against the four at Chandipur police station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Official Secrets Act, the statement said.
When contacted, DRDO officials declined to comment on the matter and said that the police is probing the allegations. Even before this, in 2014, contract cinematographer Ishwar Behera was caught in Balasore for leaking confidential information related to the testing center. On February 11, the Sessions Court sentenced him to life imprisonment.
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