Pakistan Intelligence agency ISI made Attempt To Extract out defence phone numbers from BSNL employees

Jaisalmer: Defence establishments in Rajasthan have been advised not to share their contact details with any caller without proper verification.

District police have alerted the defence officials to take measures and ask officials to be cautious in the wake of the recent attempts made by Pakistan Intelligence agencies to extract contact details of the defence establishments through internet calls.

Pak intelligence agency ISI, through internet calls, had tried to get landline telephone numbers of officers and jawans of the Indian Army from employees of the BSNL office here. Such calls were received from Pakistan at the BSNL office here, during the war exercise at Phalsoond area of Pokaran between September to December 2015.

According to district telecom officer Yogesh Bhaskar during the war exercise at Pokaran sub division, the Army unit here was allotted new numbers. It was then that the BSNL's accounts division got calls from Pakistan seeking information of telephone bills of unit officers and jawans.

The caller also sought numbers of various Army locations. The calls though are made from Pakistan but are identified as those made from New Delhi. "The callers tried to hide their location through internet calling but we managed to identify their exact location and sounded alert," said the BSNL official.

He said at that time they could not know that calls were being made from Pakistan and the call attendant gave one or two numbers to Pakistan. "Later the intelligence agency alerted us that phone call was from Pakistan," he said.

Defence spokesperson Lt Col. Manish Ojha said Pakistan calls to Army at the border areas is a serious problem. Army forces and their family members get calls and they have been told not to fall in the trap of these calls and not to share any information about the army.

"We have advised defence officials to be careful and also impose restrictions on their own personnel," said superintendent of police Jaisalmer, Rajiv Pachar. He said that he has written letters to Army, IAF and BSF HQ advising them to keep watch on officers and jawans carrying phones and cameras in sensitive areas.

Meanwhile, proper documentation of labourers working at the construction sites on defence premises is being done in view of the Pathankot terror attack. District police chief Pachar said important defence institutions have been asked to ban mobiles with cameras on their premises. They have been asked to keep a watch on telephone number of officers and jawans.

The district special branch of the police has been directed to be alert and officers have been deployed at under construction cantonment and at the Chandhan field firing range where on March 18 IAF's Iron fist exercise will be held.


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