JALANDHAR: A Pakistan-origin Austrian citizen was arrested from a Jalandhar village on Wednesday for suspected espionage. Police also seized Aadhaar and PAN cards in his name, which he allegedly used to purchase property in Alipurvillage of the district.
Jalandhar Police Commissionerate officials are questioning him to find out how he managed to get the documents made and are exploring the espionage angle as well.
The accused, Ahsan Ul Haq, 57, had married Balwinder Kaur, 30, a resident of Mukandpur village of Nawanshahr, after he came in contact with her on Facebook in 2012.Police said he had gone to Austria half-a-dozen times and taken his wife to Pakistan thrice.
According to cops, though he claimed to be an Indian citizen he had used his real name for getting the Indian identity documents made. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation) Gurmeet Singh said Haq had got the documents made by claiming to be a resident of Samlempur Masandan village. He then purchased a four-marla plot in Alipur village and built a house there. A case of cheating, impersonation, forgery and criminal conspiracy as well as under the Foreigners Act was registered against him.
The DCP said Haq had got Austrian citizenship in 2006.Sources said his family had left Phagwara during Partition.