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DRDO Lab Engineer Arrested for 'Spying' On Indian Nuclear Missiles

 New Delhi, 21 June (Fast Mail News) - Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) lab engineer who leaked vital information about Indian missile program with Pakistan's ISI agent has been arrested. It shared data about the technology of surface-to-surface Agni missiles and the K-series missiles with a Pakistani agent. The arrested engineer was involved in the Advanced Naval Systems program at DRDL's Research Center Imaran (RCI) campus in Hyderabad.

Mallikarjuna Reddy, a native of Visakhapatnam, worked with a private company for two years on the DRDL project. He was then inducted as a contractual employee in the ANSP project in 2020. He was presently working as Contract Quality Assurance Engineer of DRDL's Advance Naval Systems Program at Research Center Imarat (RCI) at Balapur. Research on missiles is carried out at the Defense Research and Development Laboratory's Research Center (DRDL), a Hyderabad-based lab of DRDO. This lab engineer had mentioned working for DRDL on his Facebook profile.



 Engineer Mallikarjuna Reddy received a friend request on Facebook in the name of Natasha Rao aka Simran Chopra aka Omisha Addi in March 2020, which was accepted by the engineer. The woman, who worked as an ISI agent, introduced herself as an employee of the UK Defense Journal. She revealed that earlier she lived in Bangalore, India. His father worked in the Indian Air Force and later moved to the UK. During his conversation with Natasha Rao, the engineer also shared his bank account number and he remained in touch with her till December 2021.

According to police, Engineer Reddy had shared photographs and documents about missile development programs at RCI through Facebook with ISI handlers over a period of nearly two years after he was caught in the honey trap. This lab engineer has been arrested from his house in Meerpet during a joint operation by Rachakonda Police and Balapur Police Special Operations Team (LB Nagar Zone) for sharing confidential information with an ISI agent.

Police have seized two mobile phones, a SIM card and a laptop from his possession. Engineer has shared photographs and documents regarding missile development programs with suspected Pakistani spy. Investigation revealed that the engineer shared the technology of surface-to-surface Agni missiles and data of K-series missiles. Information about the ballistic missile K-5 has also been shared with the suspected ISI agent.

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