Ex-soldier arrested for spying

2009-09-22 21:42

Patna - An ex-Indian army soldier who was kicked out of the military for indiscipline has been arrested for allegedly spying for rival Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency, police said on Tuesday.

Sudhakar Sudhanshu, 30, was arrested on Monday in Patna carrying sketches that showed the location of Indian troops in the disputed Kashmir region and an ordnance factory, said Bihar state police official Neelmani, who uses one name.

He was allegedly planning to visit Nepal to hand over the sketches to a contact from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, Vineet Vinayak, said a senior superintendent of police. Police also recovered five mobile phone SIM cards that could be used on networks in Nepal and elsewhere.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir since they won independence from Britain in 1947. They both claim the Himalayan territory in entirety.

Sudhanshu is being held under India's anti-espionage law and will be formally charged later, Vinayak said. He will be appointed a lawyer when he appears in court. He could be jailed for 10 years, if convicted for spying.

Sudhanshu joined the army in 2002, but was kicked out five years later for indiscipline, Vinayak said.