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Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Aerospace Nishant Agrawal, arrested on charges of espionage, was in touch with suspected operatives through two accounts -- 'Neha Sharma' and 'Pooja Ranjan', according to the Police.

The UP Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATC) stated this in the here Tuesday while seeking Agrawal's transit remand for taking him to for a detailed interrogation.

The court granted three-day transit remand to the UP ATS, S J Bagde, who appeared for ATS, said.

Agrawal was arrested Monday in a joint operation by the ATS units of and police at BrahMos' Wardha Road facility for allegedly leaking "technical information" to

Aerospace is a joint venture between India's and (DRDO) and the 'Military Industrial Consortium' (NPO Mashinostroyenia) of

The Investigating of the UP ATS told the court that Agrawal was in touch with two accounts, operated under the names 'Neha Sharma' and 'Pooja Ranjan'.

These accounts, based out of Islamabad, are believed to be run by Pakistan's intelligence operatives, the siad.

Such fake accounts are reportedly used to approach senior officials in and Agrawal too was approached by those operating these two accounts, the IO told the court.

Agrawal, despite being engaged in "highly sensitive work", was "casual" on the internet and made himself an "easy target", the said.

He said Agrawal was active on also.

Top classified information had been loaded on the accused's personal laptop, the officer said.

He added that classified registered files with red markings were found stored in (portable document format) in the accused's personal laptop.

"These are all top classified information which (if) shared could be a threat to the country. We want to conduct a detailed interrogation and produce him in the special court in Lucknow, and, hence, request three days transit remand," the IO told the court.

The accused has been charged under sections 3,4, 5 and 9 of the Secrets Act, sections 419,420, 467, 468, 120 (B) and 121 (A) of the Indian Penal Code as well as 66 (B) of the Act.

ATS sources in Uttar Pradesh's Monday said a computer was seized from his residence which contained secret documents.

They said such documents should not be present on a personal computer.

The sources said an old computer was also seized from Agrawal's residence in his native town, Roorkee, and its contents were being investigated.

They said since a jawan was arrested in September after allegedly being honey-trapped by the ISI, the ATS was keeping a close watch on fake Facebook accounts of women, being operated from Pakistan, which were in touch with people working in sensitive places.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 17:00 IST