Oops: Indian soldier gives away military secrets to fake Pakistani account
An Indian soldier was ‘honey trapped’ by a social media account being operated from Pakistan, according to a report in the CNN. The soldier gave away important military secrets to the account.
According to the CNN, Sombir Singh, 22, struck up an intimate relationship with a Facebook account of a female Indian army medical officer.
Unknown to Singh, he was chatting to a person from Pakistan who was extracting vital information such as deployment of troops along the border.
“Over the course of a year, the soldier revealed sensitive information, including troop and tank movements to his fake lover,” claimed the report on CNN.
“He was honey-trapped via Facebook from a lady in Pakistan,” Umesh Mishra, additional director general of police (intelligence) for the Rajasthan Police, told CNN.
The account that fooled Singh was made by the name of Anika Chopra. According to officials, the two shared explicit photographs and intimate as well as erotic messages.
Rajesh Meena, superintendent of police, State Special Branch, Rajasthan Police said that Singh had received money from his online ‘lover’ via his brother’s account.
“She started getting confidential information about the army in lieu of which he received money,” Mishra said.
Singh was arrested on Friday and if he is found guilty, can serve time up to three years under India’s Official Secrets Act.
Indian army chief Bipin Rawat said last week that the army’s soldiers are facing Pakistani ‘catfishing’–when they are lured online into a relationship by a false social media persona.
He claimed that warnings against suspicious profiles had been issued and said that “a lot of people” in the army had fallen prey to these scams.
“For those people who are not reporting the matter, if it comes to our notice that they have been continuously flouting the rules of social media, the punishment being meted is heavy,” he said.
“We are taking this very seriously and can’t allow the compromise of security through … social media.”
Bipin Rawat said that these profiles ‘from across the border’ use names of Bollywood actresses to scam Indian soldiers.
“I tell my boys, Do you think that your film star wants to become friendly with you?” he said. “But yet people are getting trapped by these names. We have told them, Be careful, don’t go into these things.”