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BrahMos scientist detained for espionage

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Mumbai, Oct 08: In a joint operation carried out by the Military Intelligence and Uttar Pradesh Police, a scientist attached with Brahmos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd has been detained on suspicion of being a spy.

BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Military Industrial Consortium “NPO Mashinostroyenia”.

Sources say Nishant Aggarwal, who has been employed with the company for a past few years, is being questioned on the suspicion of being a spy and leaking sensitive information to a hostile neighbouring country.

Aggarwal is likely to be booked under stringent provisions of the Official Secrets Act 1923. Aggarwal was working as the senior systems engineer with the company.

Sources added that the two agencies have been camping in Nagpur since Sunday night. The teams have also seized material from the suspect. “We have found some incriminating material and Aggarwal is being confronted with it. He is likely to be arrested under OSA,” said a senior official from the probe team.

Other than the two agencies, logistic assistance was provided by Nagpur police for carrying out raids.

DRDO comes under the Department of Defence Research and Development of the Ministry of Defence and is charged with the military’s research and developmental work. It is working in various areas of military technology which includes aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation and life sciences.

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