Nishant Agrawal, an engineer from the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited in Nagpur was arrested in a joint operation by the Military Intelligence and the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra police, following a tip.
Arrested on Monday on charges of spying for Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI and various other countries, Nishant was accused of passing on classified and secret information to the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan in addition to other countries as well. Experts, in any state, clarified that he worked at the integration facility and were uncertain whether he had access to any classified information or not.
Nonetheless he will be charged under the Official Secrets Act, following which his home and office computers have already been seized. The police are still investigating whether he was “honey-trapped” by Facebook IDs in the name of women, which have been traced to Pakistan.
“Very sensitive information was found on his personal computer. We found evidence of him chatting on Facebook with Pakistan-based IDs,” said Aseem Arun, the chief of the anti-terror squad of Uttar Pradesh.
Nishant has worked in the technical research section of the missile centre for four years, studied at the National Institute of Technology in Kurukshetra, and was also a gold medallist, described as a very bright engineer.
Presently there are two other scientists working in a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab in Kanpur who are being monitored for more suspicious activity and the situation is being monitored as this is occurrence is the first spy scandal to hit the Brahmos Aerospace, considered the world’s fastest cruise missile.