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Spy slur on former soldier

A former subedar of the army was arrested on Wednesday morning and charged with espionage for allegedly leaking military information to subversive groups and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Police said Madanmohan Pal, 53, has been under police surveillance for the past several months following a tip-off that he was passing information on army activities in the eastern sector to the ISI and terror groups.

Pal, who left the army in 2008, was picked up from his home close to the panchayat office at Siuli, Titagarh, on the northern fringe of Calcutta. He was produced in Barrackpore court and remanded in police custody.

Barrackpore police’s deputy commissioner (detective department) Debashish Bej said Pal’s activities were monitored and some incriminating documents later found in his home — enough proof to charge him with espionage and waging war against the nation. “The documents prove his link with an espionage racket,” the officer added. “He will be in our custody for the next 13 days. We will interrogate him to know more about his activities,” Bej said.

An officer of Titagarh police station said: “He used to stay at Bongaon. But for the past two years he has been working from his current address.”

Sources said Pal has been part of a racket that used to acquire information about the army’s activities. “The ring, it seems, has moles in the army. They leak information to Pal and others in the racket. The information is then passed on to ISI and anti-India groups,” an investigating officer said.

A police officer said: “Pal’s bank statement reveals many transactions in which money is credited to his account from different sources. We have to track the source.”

“His computer provided some clues. We will asks experts to do a detailed examination. We will look for clues in his phone call details. Some numbers have raised suspicion.”

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