DRDO Espionage Case: Airforce Team Interrogating Accused Persons

Cuttack: A three-member Indian Air Force (IAF) team is interrogating the five persons arrested in connection with the alleged espionage in the Integrated Test Range of DRDO at Chandipur in Balasore, informed Odisha Crime Branch ADG Sanjeeb Panda on Tuesday.

The accused persons have been brought by the Crime Branch to its headquarters in Cuttack on a 7-day remand. Panda said that the Crime Branch has seized the mobile phones of the accused persons. Their bank and social media account details are being verified.

Investigation till now has revealed that Rs 38,000 had been transferred to the bank account of one of the accused in two installments from Dubai.

It was also found out that a female operative using various fake identities had established connection with the accused persons. She was interacting with them through Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. She was using a UK-based telephone number to contact them.

Panda informed that the telephones of the accused persons will be sent for forensic analysis and other financial transactions will be probed by the Crime Branch.

 

Sanjeeb Panda, ADG, Crime Branch, Odisha