Pakistani agents duped Nishant Agarwal, the engineer at BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd, to get crucial details of the supersonic missile project.
Unable to resist the lure of an IT job in Canada with a pay of $30,000 per month, he shared “specimens” of his work at the BrahMos missile project when asked as part of the offer.
That proved to be a massive mistake on his part. A Nagpur court on Tuesday allowed a three-day transit remand of Nishant Agarwal on the request of Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS). The ATS team is likely to bring him to Lucknow by Wednesday morning, as reported by TOI.
‘Sejal Kapoor’, an alias of a sleeper cell, with whom Nishant chatted regularly on Facebook, invited the engineer to interact on LinkedIn. She sent a ‘link’ to Nishant so that he could chat with her seniors too. Upon clicking the link, a malware was downloaded in his computer. Using the malware, a considerable amount of data was stolen from Nishant’s computer.
Nishant also admitted that he spoke with ‘Neha Sharma’, whose link has been traced back to Pakistan.
Nishant is said to not know how much of information has been stolen. He names some DRDO officials and his former Hyderabad-based seniors as the ones with whom he shared the information with, all who have been questioned by ATS sleuths.
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