Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baleswar, Jul 13:
A court in Odisha’s Baleswar district today reserved the verdict on the bail plea of a casual cameraman of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-Sea arrested on charges of spying for Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.
Adjudicating over the bail application moved by Ishwar Chandra Behera, the District and Sessions Judge Court here reserved the verdict on the bail plea till tomorrow.
It may be recalled that Ishwar was arrested on January 23 this year on charges of spying for Pakistan’s intelligence agency and is presently lodged in jail after he was denied bail by the Baleswar SDJM Court on February 6.
Ishwar, 35, a native of Kantipur village under Baisinga police limits in Mayurbhanj district, was picked up from his home after a joint investigation by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Odisha Intelligence Wing and local police.
A Plus Three pass out from Remuna College, Behera joined ITR on a monthly salary of Rs 8,000 in August 2007 and was working as a contractual videographer in the CCTV section of the control tower in ITR.
Following inputs by IB, a special wing of State police led by Baleswar SP Awinash Kumar tracked his movements for several weeks before arresting him on January 23.
On the day of Behera’s arrest, IG (Eastern Range) Asit Panigrahi had said that he had initially denied links with ISI agent, but had later admitted to having shared information about the test range with his handler.
A case was registered under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 121 A (treason) against him at the Chandipur police station.
Giving details of the case, Panigrahi had said Behera was in constant touch with his handler over phone and had met him at least 10 times during his trips to Kolkata.