Honey-trapped Hyderabad engineer arrested for leaking missile information to ISI handler

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.

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