An Indian national, Irshad Ahmed, has been detained in Pathankot by the Punjab Police for collecting sensitive information of military bases and passing them on to his 'handlers'. His detention comes in the backdrop of the recent terror attack on the Indian air force base. Irshad was detained after intelligent services alerted the cops. He is reportedly an ISI agent who worked as a labourer in the Mammon Cantonment in Pathankot, an important base for the Indian Army and the Air Force. Intelligence officials have also recovered several photos of sensitive Indian installations from Irshad's smart phone.
Pathankot Cantt is one of the biggest and sensitive military bases of the Indian Army. A division of the Indian Army is stationed here, which includes infantry battalions and cavalry. This detention is being considered a big catch for India's intelligence agencies as it shows Pathankot is still on the terror radar despite the recent attack at the air base.
Irshad was tasked to collect photographs of all sensitive installations and equipment inside the Cantt and was sending them to his Indian handler, Sajjad, in Jammu, intelligence sources said. Sajjad was recently arrested in Jammu in a pending Arms Act case.He will now be questioned on the basis of what Irshad reveals. A close watch and full alert is being maintained for any other espionage agents in the area.