“A team led by Rajeev Dutta, ADSP with CID Special Branch, arrested Pakistani national Nandlal Maharaj, 26, from Hotel Maru Palace in Jaisalmer on Thursday for alleged spying,” Additional Director General (Intelligence) Utkal Ranjan Sahoo said.
The suspect is from from Khipro, in Sanghar district of Pakistan’s Sindh province, which is on Rajasthan border, and came through Munabao in Barmer on August 5, Sahoo said.
Two mobile phones, including micro SD cards, Rs 2,010 and 30 Pakistani rupees have been seized from him. According to intelligence officials, “information of strategic importance, and photographs of defence installations and vehicles” have been recovered from the micro SD cards.
Jaisalmer SP Gaurav Yadav said Maharaj was presented in court on Friday and they will bring him to Jaipur for further questioning. “He calls himself a cloth merchant and we have seized a diary and photographs. It is suspected that he also smuggled explosives,” Yadav said.
“We were after him for a long time. He had been regularly visiting here for the past few years. He collected information from people and sent it to Pakistan,” state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said.
Officials said this case is different from others as Nandlal Maharaj is a Hindu and had valid documents.