Bhopal : In yet another major breakthrough, one more name has emerged in ISI Spies Nexus, Ashish Singh Rathore an VHP’s senior member and leader of cow vigilante group affiliated by VHP is now under lookout for his alleged association with prime accused Balram from Satna.
Balram the mastermind of the espionage ring was a member of Bajrang Dal, he was getting money from his handlers in Pakistan through hawala which he used to first deposit it in bank accounts of his associates to evade income tax attention. His money was later transferred to ISI operatives as directed by his handlers from Pakistan through a genuine banking process.
Both Balram and Ashish Singh Rathore were actively involved with the Bajrang Dal and the Vishva Hindu Parishad in Satna and pictures posters put up by them on various occasions have now gone viral. The opposition Congress party has alleged that both were part of the core team of the Bajrang Dal and were using their proximity to the authorities to extract sensitive information that was being traded with the ISI of Pakistan.
Balram who is in ATS custody is understood to have transferred more than Rs 60 lakhs to Rathore in the past one year. ATS officers have sought details of financial transactions from the bank in Satna in which Rathore, who has since gone underground and is untraceable, holds an account.
The MP ATS on February 9 had arrested 11 ISI operatives from different parts of Madhya Pradesh who were allegedly involved in trading of sensitive information with ISI. The MP ATS has claimed it was joint operation of central intelligence agencies and Uttar Pradesh ATS and similar espionage rings were working in at least five more states as well.
ATS officials have so far denied that they are on the lookout for Ashish. “We are not looking for any one at the moment and also we don’t announce and search for those who are wanted. If someone is required for questioning we simply pick him up,” a top ATS official said on the condition of anonymity.
VHP disowned Rathore
According to sources in the VHP Rathore who till Tuesday was the convenor of the ‘Gau Raksha Samiti’ in Satna district was expelled after top leaders were sounded about his financial association with Balram, the mastermind of the espionage ring.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad has for the first time accepted links of one of its district convenors with ISI operatives who have been arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Anti Terrorist squad.
The VHP through a release announced expulsion of Satna district ‘Gau raksha samiti’ convenor Ashish Singh Rathore after his name figured among those who were closely associated with the mastermind of the ISI espionage ring that was busted on February 9.