Indian Embassy Staff Arrested for Spying in Moscow

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has detained Satendra Siwal, an employee of the Indian Embassy in Moscow, on suspicion of spying for Pakistan’s ISI intelligence organisation. Working for the Ministry of External Affairs as a Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS), Siwal is accused of disclosing sensitive information concerning the Ministry of Defence and Indian military operations.

The ATS, acting on intelligence that ISI handlers were enticing Ministry of External Affairs staff for sensitive information, revealed that the exchanged data posed a significant threat to India’s security. Hailing from Shah Mahiuddin Pur village in Hapur, Siwal is accused of exploiting his embassy position to extract confidential documents.

Motivated by financial benefit, he allegedly admitted giving vital information to ISI handlers. Siwal, who has been working as an India Based Security Assistant (IBSA) since 2021, was called in for questioning in Meerut and confessed to being involved in espionage there. A formal complaint has been filed against him under the Official Secrets Act and for allegedly waging war against the nation. In this case, the Ministry of External Affairs is assisting the investigating authorities.

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