Man caught with wireless sets tuned to Army, police frequency
BHOPAL: A person running a security agency in the state capital was arrested on Friday night with wireless sets tuned to the frequency of police and Indian Army. The accused, Waqar Khan who had made several trips to Pakistan, Dubai and Nepal was allegedly keeping a tab on VIP movements after tuning into the frequency of Army and police.
Teams from Military Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and police were on job to ascertain his motive of collecting information on police and army. Khan’s arrest comes two days before national president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Bhopal.
Khan learnt to have told police that he purchased the wireless sets from Crawford Market in Mumbai.
He runs a security agency named Defend Security Services Pvt Ltd located at Bhopal Plaza, the building where Manappuram gold heist worth crores was committed in 2010. Members of banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Indian Mujahidden (IM) were later arrested for the heist.
Khan provides security services to a number of reputed establishments in city, besides film stars visiting the city for shoots.
Police said he was picked from his office in the night, but before his arrest he set ablaze around 13 wireless sets, which states that he got information about action against him in advance. He claimed he possessed licence to keep five wireless sets, but could only provide a photocopy of the license and not original. Photocopy of the license had name of his different firms, which deals with housekeeping, and not security agency, police said, adding, wireless sets, including remains of those burnt by him has been sent for testing.
Inspector in wireless, KK Tripathi has lodged a complaint in the case. Hanumanganj police have registered a case against him under different sections of Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act. Officials said they have received a tip off on which he was arrested.
Apart from wireless sets tuned to the frequency of police and army, a set was tuned on the frequency of meteorological department.
Station house officer of Hanumanganj police station, Bhupendra Singh said that the accused Khan visited Karachi and Dubai two times each in recent past, besides, making 15 trips to Nepal. Nothing could be ruled out at this stage, including his connection with any banned or terror outfit, he added.
He told police that he rented wireless sets to colleges and other institutions and also generating its bills, which did not appear satisfactory to police. A special investigation team has been constituted to investigate the case.
On how he managed to tune the wireless sets at the frequency of police and army, the accused said sets were already tuned when he bought them around six months ago.
The accused was produced in the court on Saturday and taken on police remand ill May 19. He has been a press photographer in the past and is well connected. It also came to light he was booked for running the security agency unlawfully a few months ago.