Crime branch in Delhi arrest Akhtar and two others after he found in possession of defence documents while the other two were arrested on espionage charges,and was immediately declared persona non-grata, has been asked to leave India within 48 hours , MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Thursday.
The staffer Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in the visa section of the high commission and has diplomatic immunity, was procuring critical details from two other accomplices who have been arrested here, police said. Basit strongly protested with Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar over the detention and manhandling of the staffer and said that it is a clear violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention. Vikas Swarup denied Pakistan’s allegations and said Mehmood Akhtar was treated with courtesy.
Basit also told the Indian Government to ensure that such harassment don’t happen in the future.A staffer of the Pakistan high commission, who was detained by police for alleged possession of sensitive defence documents .
The Pakistani envoy also denied the accusations as “false and unsubstantiated”.
“The accused were involved in espionage activities for over a year-and-a-half. We were watching their activities for past six months. On a specific input, they were held on Wednesday. Akhtar is a kingpin of the spy ring,” joint commissioner of police (crime branch) R S Yadav told a press conference.
Police said that Akhtar initially showed an Aadhar card in the name of Mehboob Rajput.