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Police arrest hawala operator in Mumbai for funding alleged ISI agent

A suspected Pakistani spy coughed up 37-year-old Altaf Qureshi's name during interrogation

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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A 37-year-old operator, who allegedly funded a suspected agent of Pakistan's spy agency ISI, has been arrested, a police official said on Thursday.

Altaf Qureshi was arrested late last night from Masjid Bunder area in South Mumbai in a joint operation by anti-squads of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, the official said.

Qureshi had allegedly deposited money in the bank account of arrested agent Aftab Ali in Lucknow for carrying out espionage activities, he said.

ATS officials seized a cellphone and Rs 71.57 lakh in cash from the house of Qureshi, who himself is suspected to be an operative of ISI, he said.

The operator, who was in the business at the behest of one Jawed Naviwala, was nabbed after his name cropped up during Aftab's interrogation, who was held from Faizabad on Wednesday, the official added.

Aftab, booked under the Official Secrets Act, had allegedly passed on information about the Indian Army's movements to officers posted at the High Commission and also to the ISI, the official claimed.

He had allegedly provided information about the army's movements and units in Faizabad, Lucknow and Amritsar, he said.

Police were questioning Qureshi to know on whose directive he had deposited the money in Aftab's account, the official said.

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