Indore: Intelligence agencies have traced phone calls and e-mails of the two suspected ISI operatives caught by Gujarat police to Indore, Mhow and Gwalior, according to sources.
The agencies are alert following the clue as Indore has a vital establishment Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology while Mhow is the largest army base of the Central command. Gwalior has Indian Air Force's airbase, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory and BSF centre (Tekanpur).
Ahmedabad crime branch police arrested an egg supplier to army canteen Sirajuddin Ali (22) and student Mohammad Ayub (23), both residents of Jamalpur, allegedly passing on confidential information related to army base in Bhuj and army cantonment to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
"The arrest of the duo was a result of a massive surveillance operation carried out by the Intelligence agencies and the Army," a senior intelligence officer told DNA.
The surveillance revealed that the network operated from MP, Rajasthan (Jaipur), UP (Ghazipur/Axamgarh), Bihar (Kishanganj), Punjab (Pathankot/ Mamun), Kerala (Tiruananthapuram), Karnataka (Bangalore), Andhra Pradesh (Huderabad/Vishakhapatnam) and Jammu and Kashmir.
"Each of the state has defence set-up, except for UP where Azamgarh and Ghazipur are two conduit cities," he said. Regular e-mails and phone calls have been exchanged from these places to the Gulf countries and to Ali and Ayub, sources claimed.
The ISI is believed to have roped in Ali when he went to Pakistan to meet his relatives four years ago. Thereafter, Ali was asked to collect information about Indian Army and supply to ISI in lieu of money, sources said. He was given 15 days of intense training.
The duo used to get money through Western Union Money Transfer for the vital information they provided.