A man, allegedly having links with a Pakistan terrorist outfit was taken into custody by the ‘Q’ branch of Trichy on Monday. Police said A Tamim Ansari (38) was nabbed at Trichy’s Tollgate junction as he was on his way to board a flight to Sri Lanka with a number of secret Indian naval documents and graphics loaded into compact discs.
Sources said they had advance information that a person with close links with a Pakistani terrorist organisation was planning to pass on certain vital information and documents to the Pakistani embassy in Sri Lanka. They had kept a close vigil around Trichy airport and the arterial roads in the city.
Ansari originally hailed from Athirampattinam in Pudukkottai district. He was dealing in foreign footwear and was also exporting vegetables. An intelligence officer said that the export business was only a facade to gain acceptability at some strategic levels and he had also in possession of photographs of the Trichy airport shot from various angles.
Interrogations revealed that he befriended a retired army man from Thanjavur and gleaned a lot of classified information from him. After viewing the CDs in his possession, the Q branch was convinced that there was prima facie case against Ansari. He has been booked under the Official Secrets Act, 1923 and was produced before the judicial magistrate – II Rajendran, who remanded him to judicial custody until October 1.
At present, he was living at Alagammal Colony in Thanjavur and carried out his export business. But he would always be on the move, and would not stay at one place for longer time, the sources added. (Times of India)