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DRDO Scientist Was Attracted To Pak Agent; Shared Details About Indian Missile System: ATS Chargesheet

 DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar was arrested on May 3 under the Official Secrets Act and is now in judicial custody. In its chargesheet, police said Kurulkar and Pakistani spy 'Zara Dasgupta' were in touch through WhatsApp as well as voice and video calls.

DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar
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After arresting DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra police in its chargesheet mentioned that he was attracted to the Pakistani Intelligence Operative, who used the alias 'Zara Dasgupta'.

According to the the chargesheet, the DRDO scientist chatted with her about Indian missile systems among other classified defence projects.

Kulrulkar was arrested on May 3 under the Official Secrets Act and is now in judicial custody.

All about the chargesheet

In its chargesheet, police said Kurulkar and 'Zara Dasgupta' were in touch through WhatsApp as well as voice and video calls.

'Dasgupta' befriended Kurulkar by sending obscene messages and videos. 

She claimed to be a software engineer based in the UK,while during investigation, her IP address was traced to Pakistan.

The Pakistani agent tried to get classified and sensitive information regarding the Brahmos Launcher, Drone, UCV, Agni Missile Launcher and Military Bridging System, among other things, it said.

"Kurulkar, who was attracted to her, stored the classified and sensitive information of DRDO on his personal phone and then allegedly shared it with Zara," the chargesheet said.

He chatted with her about various projects, including surface-to-air missiles (SAM), drones, Brahmos and Agni Missile Launchers and UCV, it said.

The two were in contact from June 2022 to December 2022, as per the ATS.

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