A day after the Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh anti-terrorism squads (ATS) arrested Altaf Qureshi, a city-based hawala operator who allegedly provided funds to ISI, another hawala operator, also suspected to be an ISI agent, was arrested from Agripada. Qureshi, originally from Rajkot, was allegedly funding the activities of another ISI agent Aftab Wajid Ali, who too was arrested by the UP ATS from Faizabad. Police arrested Altaf from a building called Yusuf Majil and recovered Rs 70 lakh from his house.
While Aftab was arrested, another suspect was taken into custody and was being questioned.
"Ali was in touch with an official in the Pakistan embassy in Delhi".
Aftaab's first Pakistan visit was in May 3, 2014 through the Wagah border and he stayed at the Green Tower in Karachi.
Aftab was arrested from Faizabad in UP yesterday.
The ATS was in possession of strong evidence against him like phone chats and some pictures of the cantonment area.
Hinting that officials of Pakistan High Commission were in direct touch with the ISI agent, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra said, "One of the officials of Pakistan High Commission Meharban Ali was in touch with the agents".
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Aftab had allegedly gathered information on Army cantonment and other defence establishments, the UP ATS officials said.
Aftab, booked under the Official Secrets Act, had allegedly passed on information about Indian Army's movements to officers posted at Pakistan High Commission and also to ISI, the official claimed.
The ATS officials said one of Ali's aides has also been detained for quizzing over the suspicion of his involvement in assisting him.
The Uttar Pradesh police had issued a warning last month, warning of a possible terror attack in the state by ISI-trained militants.
Central intelligence agencies have been sharing inputs with the UP Police since February about increased activity of terrorists in the state. He has been to Pakistan and the police believe that the ISI trained him there.
The Intelligence agencies had picked up intercepts through electronic surveillance in which youths were heard discussing the deaths of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) men in Telangana as well as IS suspect Saifullah in Lucknow.