Police in Hyderabad have arrested a contractual employee of Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) for allegedly sharing sensitive information with a suspected ISI agent.
The accused, identified as Dukka Mallikarjuna Reddy alias Arjun Bittu was arrested on Friday in a joint operation by the sleuths of the Special Operations Team, LB Nagar Zone, Rachakonda, Hyderabad and Balapur police.
The police have also seized two mobile phones, a SIM card and a laptop from him.
“On June 17, 2022, on credible information, the Sleuths of Special Operations Team, LB Nagar Zone, Rachakonda in a joint operation with Balapur Police, arrested the contractual employee of Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) who has shared the highly secured and confidential information of DRDL-RCI Complex through social media to a suspected ISI female handler which is prone to create harm to national integrity and security,” the police said in a statement.
According to the police, the 29-year-old had joined the Patancheru branch of a Bengaluru-headquartered company and worked on a project from DRDL till January 2020.
After the project, he directly approached DRDL authorities and got enrolled as a contract employee with RCI Balapur.
He was working on a classified advanced naval system programme at the facility.
Reddy had mentioned on his Facebook profile that he was working with DRDL.