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IAF officer ‘honey-trapped’ by Pakistan’s ISI was posted in sensitive defence unit

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The initial probe revealed that Marwaha, who befriended two women on Facebook five-six months ago, started chatting with them on the social network and later switched to WhatsApp to communicate.

A senior investigating officer said that the two mobile numbers to which the documents were sent are both Indian. Police seized the Samsung smartphone he used to take pictures in the IAF headquarters along with his other phones. Till a day before he was caught, he sent some documents, police said.

Police said Marwaha was honeytrapped by Pakistan’s spy agency using fake Facebook profiles by the names of Kiran Randhawa and Mahima Patel. The two accounts were deactivated by the users after Marwaha was detained by the IAF on January 31 for allegedly leaking classified information.

“It was a honeytrap. Initially, there were lewd chats and images exchanged with the two users. Later, this escalated to Marwaha sending confidential data through WhatsApp. We suspect he was blackmailed although he is denying this,” said an officer.

Marwaha has reportedly admitted he sent around five documents. Police are verifying his claims and have seized his cellphones, which will be sent for forensic examination. An officer said Marwaha allegedly sent documents related to training exercises of the Marine Commando Force (MARCOS) and GARUD Commando Force. Marcos is a specialised force in counter-terrorism operations. GARUD commandos are responsible for protection of critical air force bases and conducting rescue operations. Marwaha trained commandos of such special forces.

Police said prima facie, it appears Marwaha caught the attention of the ISI because he was very active on Facebook and uploaded photographs of his jumps and other non-classified exercises of the IAF on the social networking site.

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