UP Police get transit remand of arrested DRDO engineer

The Nagpur Sessions Court on Tuesday granted three days transit remand to Nishant Aggarwal who was arrested yesterday by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on charges of espionage.

The Nagpur Sessions Court on Tuesday granted three days transit remand to Nishant Aggarwal who was arrested yesterday by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on charges of espionage.

The ATS of UP Police will take Nishant, an engineer working with BrahMos, Nagpur unit, to Lucknow for further questioning. Once Nishant Aggarwal is brought to Lucknow, he will be again produced before the designated court for police custody.

Aggarwal was apprehended on Monday morning after the UP ATS conducted raids at his residence. The anti-terror agency also seized some material which is being examined.

Sources have told India Today TV that he will be confronted in Lucknow with evidence gathered against him and its likely that he will be confronted with two other suspects in the case who were picked up from Kanpur and Agra.

“We need to find out that what information he provided to Pakistan and how. Also, why was he doing this, whether he was being paid or offered a job or was it a case of honeytrap,” said an officer.

Nishant Aggarwal is being interrogated by the ATS officers since Monday morning, according to sources. However, the ATS refused to divulge any information which transpired during questioning.

“A few months back, a BSF jawan was arrested and during the investigation we came across three fake Facebook IDs, which were being operated by Aggarwal. He works as an engineer. Our investigation has confirmed that the chat on Facebook was from Pakistan-based IDs,” said Aseem Arun, Inspector-General, UP ATS.

“Apart from Nagpur, raids were also carried out in Agra and Kanpur. Sensitive information, which was not supposed to be in his possession, has been recovered from his personal computer,” added the officer.

According to sources, it is suspected that Aggarwal was passing on information about the BrahMos missile system to Pakistan.

He had been working on the weapon system for the past four years. BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

It is the fastest cruise missile in the world and is the product of a joint venture between Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The ATS is also probing if this was a case of a honeytrap as Aggarwal was allegedly in contact with two women with IP addresses based in Pakistan.

“Whether he was paid for the information and if yes then how was he paid will also be investigated. Supposedly he was offered a job also, but we are in the process of verifying this information,” said a source.

Aggarwal is a resident of Roorkee in Uttarakhand. Two other suspects are also under scanner, according to police sources.

Source: India Today

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