NIA nabs Sri Lankan suspected to be Pakistan spy

Chennai:A Sri Lankan national has been arrested here on charges of spying at the instigation of Pakistan, the NIA said Thursday.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is now investigating the transfer of money from a Sri Lanka-based Pakistani handler to Arun Selvarajan who was arrested here Wednesday.

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According to the NIA, a search at Selvarajan’s residence here after his arrest resulted in the seizure of hard discs, pen drives, micro-tape cassettes, a laptop, five mobile phones and an iPad.

The electronic equipment have been sent for forensic analysis.

The NIA said Selvarajan had multiple debit cards – Sri Lankan and Indian – and has several bank accounts.

The agency is now investigating the transfer of money from his controllers in Sri Lanka through money transfer service.

In addition, approximately one kg of ganja has also been recovered.

According to the NIA, Selvarajan was indulging in espionage activities and was in possession of two passports, Sri Lankan and Indian.

Selvarajan had gained access to certain vital installations under the guise of running an event management company here, the NIA said.

The agency said Sri Lanka has issued a lookout notice for him as criminal cases are pending against him in the island nation.