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Precautions being taken to prevent honeytrap cases: Manohar Parrikar

PTI 16 Jan 2016, 16:36:08 IST

JAIPUR: Against the backdrop of an IAF official falling prey to a honeytrap, defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said all precautions are being taken to prevent such incidents which have so far been confined to the lower level.

"I do not think that such things (espionage) are at high level. Few things came to light but they were at lower level and we have taken all precautions (to prevent them)," he told reporters here.

"Things like honeytrap are generally avoided when we are alert. We should be alert all the time.We take care of it at the time of recruitment and training. There are also clear guidelines and code of conduct (for personnel) to deal with social networking sites," he said.

Recently, a 30-year old IAF official  was dismissed from service and arrested for allegedly passing on official secrets to a suspected intelligence operative.
According to Delhi Police crime branch, the official had been compromised after falling prey to a honeytrap set up by the suspected operative, Damini McNought, who posed as a journalist on Facebook.

Parrikar was speaking at the CISF ground near Amber to inaugurate an Army recruitment rally where he also interacted with the candidates before flagging off the rally.