New Delhi: Government officials said on Saturday they are almost certain that a man who turned up at the Delhi airport a day earlier and identified himself as a hit man of Pakistan’s ISI is not a spy but had cooked up the story to gain asylum in India.
Ahmed Mohammed, 38,arrived on a Dubai Kathmandu Air India Flight with a stopover at the Indira Gandhi international Airport on Friday morning before he approached a money changer and queried how to get an Indian Visa. Later, he hold the FRRO staff at the airport that he was an ISI spy and wanted to give up spying and stay in India.
Mohammad was questioned by officials of India’s domestic and external spy agencies, and a decision will be made on Monday on whether to deport him to Dubai or inform the Pakistan high commission to give him consular access.
Indian officials tapped into sources in Dubai and other friendly intelligence agencies to verify Mohammed’s identity and claims.
“He is basically a bookie. He was a cloth trader till 2015, and is only a 10th pass,” a source at the IB, the domestic spy agencies, told a leading Newspaper on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak on Journalist.
He is under medication for neurological problems following an accident seven months ago. he talks of illusions and does not seem to be an agent in any way.”
Mohammed carried a Pakistani passport– KF 088779– which showed his date of birth as July 9, 1978 and his residence in Gulshan Colony of Faisalabad, the third most populous city in Pakistan.
This is the first time someone has made such a claim, in such a manner, leaving Indian security officials in a procedural quandary. There have been instances of alleged spies approaching Indian missions abroad.
Both India and Pakistan frequently announce arrest of each other’s spies but instances of such agents turning themselves into an enemy country is rare.
The incident comes on the heels of a Pakistani military court sentencing an Indian national, Kulbhushan Jadhav , to death for spying, India denies those charges.