Army investigates 3 Jawans for Northern Command HQ data breach, Pak ISI under scanner

Involvement of at least two jawans in the drug trade has been probed by the intelligence agencies because it was via the drug route that Pakistani intelligence operatives enticed them into gathering intelligence

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Mar 04, 2021 13:56 IST
Army investigates 3 Jawans for Northern Command HQ data breach, Pak ISI under scanner
Data breached at Indian Army Northern Command HQ

As per recent reports, a drug racket linked to Pakistani intelligence agencies (presumably ISI) has surfaced as the Army investigates the breach of sensitive operational data from its Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur. 

A preliminary investigation is said to have revealed the alleged involvement of three jawans.

Sources told that while one of the jawans was based in Udhampur and allegedly had access to operational data at the headquarters, the two other jawans were from different battalions, and were posted elsewhere. All three are reported to have been in contact with each other.

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It has been reported that the alleged involvement of at least two jawans in the drug trade as users or sellers has been probed by the intelligence agencies because it was via the drug route that Pakistani intelligence operatives enticed them into gathering intelligence.

Significantly, the General Officer Commanding 16 Corps is the presiding officer of the Court of Inquiry along with two Major Generals as members of the inquiry team into the alleged breach.A central intelligence agency source said, ''stumbled upon the matter during an investigation into a drug trade with Pakistani links".

A dead drop of a pen drive, containing allegedly sensitive operational information pertaining to the Northern Command, was made by one of the jawans which were intercepted by the agency.

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Sources said the Military Intelligence was alerted and the involvement of the three jawans came to light. Further investigation is still on and the culpability of other individuals is being explored, it is learned.

When contacted, a senior Army officer in New Delhi declined to comment on these details, saying the inquiry is in progress and the probe will reveal all details concerning the data leak. 

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