BrahMos Missile Engineer Nishant Agrawal, Held For Leaking Info to Pakistan's ISI, 'Was Lured With $30,000 IT Job in Canada'
File image of Nishant Agrawal, arrested for leaking info to ISI | (Photo Credits: Facebook/NishantAgrawal)

New Delhi, October 10: 27-year-old Nishat Agrawal, held for leaking sensitive information to Pakistan's Inter-State Services (ISI), was lured with a $30,000 per month IT job in Canada, investigators told reporters on Wednesday.

Agrawal was arrested in Nagpur on Tuesday by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad, in coordination with their Maharashtra counterpart and the Military Intelligence. The agency took him to Lucknow after securing his custody. Nishant Agrawal Sent to Three-Day Remand of Uttar Pradesh ATS.

Preliminary probe has revealed that Agrawal was constantly in touch with a Facebook user named 'Sejal Kapoor', who claimed to be based in Canada.

She had recently approached him with a job offer in Canada, and sought details of the BrahMos project to assess his candidature. Falling into the trap, Agrawal had shared the sensitive details.

Sejal had subsequently shared a link with Agrawal on LinkedIn, asking him to open the same for further communication with her seniors. Upon clicking the link, a malware was downloaded into his computer which stole data related to the BrahMos project.

Agrawal was also in touch with another FB user 'Neha Sharma', who claimed to be a Canadian citizen. However, the investigators have traced her to Pakistan via the IP location.

Apart from Agrawal, a couple of Defence and Research Development Organisation (DRDO) officials are also under the scanner of UP ATS. However, no further arrests have been made.