- Sensitive army information was leaked since 2009 by a government employee
- The leaks came from a stenographer in a Jhansi government office
- UP police's Anti-Terrorist Squad picked up the employee for questioning
On an intelligence input, the ATS had carried out investigation in the SDM office, Jhansi, and found that steno Raghvendra Ahirwar, who was maintaining the correspondence relating to the Army, was passing on information about firing and shelling drill, an ATS spokesman said.
"Earlier too the ISI (Pakistan's spy agency) had adopted the same method of gathering information and in this case the information was being leaked since the past nine years," the spokesperson quoted Inspector general, ATS, Asim Arun as saying.
"There is a need to alert all those on sensitive posts so as to safeguard national interest," IG Arun said.
Raghvendra, when questioned, accepted that he was getting phone calls from someone identifying himself as Major Yadav posted in Babina who used to take this information from him, the spokesman claimed.
Raghvendra said that Major Yadav used to call him from different nine-digit mobile numbers on which call back facility was not allowed, the spokesman said, adding that the stenographer never tried to verify as to why a major-rank official was directly seeking such information.
The role of all SDMs posted there during this period will also be probed as well as the involvement of any other employee, the spokesman said.
He said a technical probe is also on to ascertain from where the internet call being received by the stenographer was being generated.
Since the offence committed by the stenographer provides less than seven years imprisonment, he could not be arrested and the ATS will file a charge-sheet in the court.
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