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Retired Indian Army soldier arrested for working with Pakistani intelligence agency

Sourabh Sharma, an ex-armyman, has been arrested from his native village by the UP ATS on charges of espionage.

Sourabh Sharma, an ex-armyman, has been arrested from his native village by the UP ATS on charges of espionage.

In a counter-espionage operation, Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a retired Indian Army soldier Saurabh Sharma on charges of passing classified information to a Pakistani intelligence agency since 2016.


Based on input provided by a Lucknow-based Military Intelligence (MI) Unit, Sharma, a retired signalman, was tracked for almost a month before he was arrested by the ATS from his parental house, located in the Bihuni in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district.

After receiving a tip-off about Sharmas involvement, the MI initiated the Operation Cross-Connection? to arrest the retired army personnel. Details about the operation were then shared in December 2020 with the ATS and a combined investigation was started after that.

Held responsible for working with a Pakistani intelligence agency, Sharma accepted that he came in contact with a Pakistan Intelligence Operating (PIO) in 2014 through Facebook. He claimed that the PIO introduced himself as a defence journalist.

The retired army official admitted that he started sharing sensitive military information by 2016 with the PIO in return for money. Sharma shared that he passed on information in form of text, audio, photo messages, and through WhatsApp calls. It is also being reported that Sharma received several payments from his handlers. While Sharma was discharged from Indian Army in June 2020 for medical reasons, all illegal activities were traced back to Sharmas cell phone.

A FIR has been lodged at Gomti Nagar Police Station in Lucknow against the accused under Sections 120B and 123 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Sections 3, 4, 5, and 9 of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and Section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

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September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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Shashi Tharoor is capable of bringing Congress back in power, says Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh

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Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh spoke about nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for party president post.

Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh looks on while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor files nomination papers for party chief post

Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”

Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh spoke about nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for party president post.

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Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”

Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.

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Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!

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The Raaas (2018)

Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”

He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”

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