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Suryakant Jena

The Crime Branch (CB) of Odisha Police, which is presently investigating the sensational espionage case involving the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Chandipur in Balasore, would seek help of the Interpol to track down the elusive woman who is suspected to be the ‘handler’ of the spy ring engaged in leaking out sensitive intel from the high-security defence establishment.

“The CB will seek assistance of Central agencies and establish contact with the Interpol to track down the mysterious lady handler who had been eliciting information from the five accused DRDO staff through honey trapping ,” informed Crime Branch ADG Sanjeev Panda.

Panda said that the photograph of the woman operative, who is presumed to be brain behind the case, has been obtained along with footage of her video calls with the accused.

He further said that the custody of the five arrested accused will be further sought in order to subject them to intensive questioning in connection with the case after verification of the data.

The Crime Branch had earlier revealed that the phone number used by the mysterious woman operative was a virtual number from the United Kingdom which was rerouted through several IP addresses to conceal its originating location.

The probe agency has also unearthed that the elusive female operative had managed to hack the mobile phone of one of the arrested accused for around eight months and kept tab on his activities. She managed to steal vital information about the organization in the process.

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