Express news service
KOCHI: Police arrested three relatives of an Afghan national who had stayed illegally and worked at a sensitive security facility Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) when the native aircraft carrier (IAC) was under construction.
Deeming this to be a serious security breach, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is also conducting a preliminary investigation before resuming the investigation.
Idgul, alias Abbas Khan, 24, was arrested by police in Ernakulam South in July this year following a complaint from CSL authorities that the person with a false identity document was working in the establishment since 2019.
The police investigation revealed that Idgul was an Afghan who arrived in India on a medical visa. Her mother is from Assam and married an Afghan national and had been staying there for two and a half decades.
After arriving in Assam, he managed to get a fake school certificate with which he received an Aadhaar card before going to Kochi to join work at CSL under a contractor who had also employed his uncles who are Indian citizens.
After investigating, police arrested his three uncles last week who helped him organize false documents and work under the responsibility of the CSL contractor. They are Habib Ul Rahman, Shiya Ul Rahman and Mushfiq Ul Rahman.
âThose arrested are brothers of the mother of the Afghan national from Assam who worked at CSL. Although they knew Idgul is an Afghan, they encouraged crime by arranging to stay and work in a sensitive place like CSL. One of the relatives arrested also helped Idbul to obtain the false document and the Aadhaar card. The three are in custody, âsaid a police officer.
Kochi Police discovered that a proper police check of people employed by subcontractors at CSL could have prevented such an incident which occurred just under two years after the IAC’s sensitive computer hardware was lost. was found stolen and that two people were arrested after a year-long attempt. by NIA.
Police also referred the case to the NIA given the national security aspect involved. During the investigation, police learned that Idgul had also remained in Pakistan for several years. âHis link to Pakistan requires further investigation as we have referred the matter to the NIA. We have learned that the NIA is conducting a preliminary investigation into the incident. The national agency interviewed Idbul upon his arrest. Although the angle of espionage is not yet clear, an NIA investigation is preferable in this matter, “said a senior city police officer.
Serious breach of security
Idgul, alias Abbas Khan, 24, was arrested by police in Ernakulam South in July this year following a complaint from CSL authorities that the person with a false identity document was working in establishment since 2019. Police investigation revealed that Idgul was an Afghan who arrived in India on a medical visa.