AHMEDABAD: Top Indian intelligence officials suspect Kulbushan Jadhav’s phone had been under surveillance by Pakistani intelligence and believe Jadhav’s complacency led to his capture, revealed the Ahmedabad Mirror.

According to the Ahmedabad Mirror, Indian intelligence officials suspect that many of Jadhav’s habits and mannerisms gave him away and his phone calls in Marathi to his family did not add up with his assumed identity.

“His passport identifies him as Hussein Mubarak Patel; but his mannerisms were nothing like that of a Muslim Patel,” an Indian official told the Ahmedabad Mirror.

In a video confession aired yesterday by the Pakistan government, Jadhav admitted he directed various activities in Karachi and Balochistan at the behest of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and was picked up by Pakistani law enforcement agencies in Balochistan's Chaman near the shared border with Afghanistan earlier this month.

Read: Govt airs video of Indian spy admitting involvement in Balochistan insurgency.

Mumbai police told the Ahmedabad Mirror that Pakistani agencies also monitored Jadhav’s movements in Iran over the years. Police added that Jadhav’s family had lost touch with him in February, leading them to conclude that he has been in Pakistani custody longer than thought.

His family has also been unable to contact his two local emergency contacts, who have been reported missing for over a month. It is unclear whether they have also been captured or ended operations and fled into hiding to maintain plausible deniability.

Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police (law and order), denied that the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has officially informed Mumbai police of Jadhav’s arrest in Pakistan.

Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh corroborates the Pakistani government version that they recovered travel documents and multiple fake identities from Jadhav. His passport identifying him as Hussein Mubarak Patel, born in Sangli, Maharashtra, is apparently issued from Thane Regional Passport Office (RPO), but no record of it exists.

"We have tried to establish the veracity of Patel's passport and found that it was not issued from our RPO," says Singh.

"No police verification report was ever submitted by Thane police. In all probability it could be a bogus passport."

Former Indian police officer Shirish Thorat says, “In the event of an asset getting arrested, the handlers immediately secure other related assets like Agents in Places (AIP) or regroup their operations and fold up all the ongoing or future tasks.”

“This discontinuation of operations is far monumental a disaster than the arrest of an operative.”

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Mar 30, 2016 02:27pm

Its the best time for the security forces and the govt. to make arrest of his facilitators Now....

Mar 30, 2016 02:32pm

let me tell you.. I am a Marathi person staying in Maharashtra. and I can assure you that surname yadav does not belong to Marathi..

Mar 30, 2016 02:34pm

With all this reporting in public by Indian authorities and press their Ministry for External Affairs is denying that he was a spy in Pakistan...what a lame attitude..

Ahmed USA
Mar 30, 2016 02:34pm

Pakistan's humane treatment of Yadav is highly commendable... We treat even our enemies with respect...

Fudayl Ahmad
Mar 30, 2016 02:41pm

@sandeep I am not sure what to make out from your comment, but like two sane nations, we should seriously consider revisiting our policies towards our neighbor. Both Pakistan and India. Both countries need to hold our intel agencies and non state actors on tight leash, and for good.

Mar 30, 2016 02:43pm

@sandeep totally agreed with you But the bottom line he is an agent of raw who helped to dis established and under mind our national security...

Mar 30, 2016 02:45pm

Yadav speaking marathi, You can count them on fingers in India. Please make sure to present before world very carefully, it is coming out very fake.

Mar 30, 2016 02:47pm

@sandeep haha even indian govt admit he is an indian navy officer hailed from maharashtra , and you, just lol

Mar 30, 2016 02:50pm

Not even a single Yadav in India can speak Marathi. Yadav's belong to UP Bihar and MP. They can't speak Marathi at all.

Mar 30, 2016 02:51pm

@Sandeep: Who cares about his surname. What is more concerning is his fake identity under a Muslim name. Indians could not even cover their footprints.

Mar 30, 2016 02:52pm


Yes you are correct an Yadav has to be a migrant come to Mumbai/Thane from either Bihar or UP. He has to know Marathi but talking with his family is strange. Why would he speak in Marathi.

Khalid Latif
Mar 30, 2016 02:53pm


Mar 30, 2016 02:55pm

@sandeep yes ...thats because he is intelligence....a yadav speaking marathi

Mar 30, 2016 02:59pm

@Deepak Sure, keep coming up with colorful denials .

Mar 30, 2016 03:06pm

The massacres we suffer are also directly as a result of India training our non-state actors. Indian state actively involved with their state-actors in spreading terror and strife is tantamount to war. The irony is they propagate and bully us for not doing enough about our non-state actors and refusing talks and playing cricket as a result. Creating such monsters would rebound on them too just like it happened to America after what they did in Afghanistan.

Capt C M Khan
Mar 30, 2016 03:15pm

Looks a lot like Akshay Khanna though. A future asset for Bollywood movies I guess.

Mar 30, 2016 03:20pm

Cant both countries come out of security hazards and align into economic convergence... Lets make public contacts stronger and tackle all divergence heads on i.e. one by one, with the aim to reduce the poverty level in South Asia...

Muhammed Ali UK
Mar 30, 2016 03:35pm

@sandeep Very naive statement by you sandeep....you can find every name under the Sun in any given area...

Mar 30, 2016 03:41pm

@sandeep Yadav is an Indian intelligence spy. He can learn Marathi or all your variety of lingos as part of his mission. Similarly Yadav is not a taboo name for non Marathis. Grow up.

Mar 30, 2016 03:47pm

Indian govt and its intelligence is purposely misusing and maligning the names of Muslim Patels of India.

Mar 30, 2016 03:51pm

So quite a few Indian media houses are coming up with the truth, unlike the MEA's India denying everything. The recorded statement is of many hours, this is just the first episode and a glimpse.

Mar 30, 2016 03:54pm

@sandeep how naive...his wife is a marathi and he was speaking that lingo...maybe he just got carried away in emotions and forget that he is a spy master at that moment in time...to err is human.

Mar 30, 2016 03:55pm

I am tamil and i know lot of languages, important lesson here is non professionalism on our part , agents from other intelligence agencies are very careful and systematic about hiding their identity, we need to improve , this guy was not careful and is now suffering the consequences.

Mar 30, 2016 03:58pm

@Sandeep @Bharat932

IF you do google for Yadav + Marathi there are so many people that will be listed

You are trying the say that it is impossible for Yadav to speak marathi, how lame it is, india still not global enough for its own citizens ?

for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anand_Yadav

Mar 30, 2016 04:03pm

Let me tell you that our agencies and specially ISI is not sleeping it is the most efficient and powerful agency in the world...they already would have rooted this guys connections like an infected abscess is cleaned,when the time comes everything will come out in the open...Inshahallah...India is surprised by this catch in Pakistan...more will come out soon...May God protect our Armed Forces and the people of Pakistan from the enemy's evil...

My 2 cents
Mar 30, 2016 04:04pm

Lets hope common sense prevails - spies do what spies do all over the world- nations spy on each other all the times in peace or war.

Dis-mental his network get all what you need from him and quietly swap him for some gain - when time is right.

Mar 30, 2016 04:06pm

@sandeep this is what Iv heard as well, I think it was RAW complacency assuming Pakistan has no knowledge of Hindu cultural traits etc.

Mar 30, 2016 04:07pm

@sandeep yes sandeep rightly said

Mar 30, 2016 04:09pm

Guys maybe I am misunderstanding. Clearly he is Marathi, however the alias given to him by RAW is that of Bihari, maybe this is oversight from the part of RAW ?

Mar 30, 2016 04:10pm

Yadav sir name does not belong to marathi community probably from bihar or up.

Mar 30, 2016 04:12pm

I my self very close to the intelligence agencies, but i think all of you don't know that these intelligence person well known to many languages no body can guess that whether it is his mother tong or not

Mar 30, 2016 04:18pm

@sandeep I am a Marathi speaking person and let me tell you that the surname Yadav can belong to a Marathi speaking person. Umesh Yadav (the cricketer) for example. Anyways I am not sure he is an Agent. Hopefully Truth will come out soon.

Mar 30, 2016 04:20pm

@sandeep Indian consular section has asked access to Yadev who cares he speaks Mirathi or not

Mar 30, 2016 04:22pm

Guys his surname is Jhadhav not Yadav , hence the confusion, Jhadhav is marathi surname.

Khalid, UK
Mar 30, 2016 04:23pm

@sandeep let me also tell you this, my name is Aziz, a popular Arabic name from Middle East and I don't speak a word of Arabic ! Make any sense to you ? Names are irrelevant !

Mar 30, 2016 04:32pm

@Ahmed USA if u feel that he is being given a humane treatment, why can't or govt give him consular access. That is one basic help one can expect. Also we can be sure of his background.

Mar 30, 2016 04:33pm

This shows the real face of india .... how they send there agents to destabilize Pakistan ....

Steve Boston
Mar 30, 2016 04:37pm

@Fast Please enlighten us where Indian govt admitted he "is" Indian navy officer.

Mar 30, 2016 04:44pm

If he speaks Marathi or Gujrati is a total non-issue at the moment. Intelligence personnel tend to deceive in whatever way, be it language or ethnicity or even the working organization. The fact is that we have caught India red-handed yet in another covert operation and this should be taken to every international court for justice possibly blacklisting India for trade and putting economic sanctions from our allies. Secondly Pakistan should train itself to combat any attacks or plans developed by such personnel.

Last Word
Mar 30, 2016 04:52pm

No Yadav with this surname can be Marathi.

Mar 30, 2016 04:53pm

bridge of spies part 2 this time pak and india

Mar 30, 2016 05:01pm

@Kunal let me tell you that the surname Yadav can belong to a Marathi speaking person. Umesh Yadav (the cricketer) for example. please kunal do a bit of Google on Umesh yadav

papilon indian
Mar 30, 2016 05:04pm

How can India accept this, Your government never accepted that Kasab is Pakistani dont expect from Indian government.

Vir Singh
Mar 30, 2016 05:04pm

@rehan Yadav is North Indian surname , its not marathi surname , its like Jatt , Rajputs surname

Mar 30, 2016 05:04pm

as per reports in marathi news..surname is "Jadhav" not "Yadav".. Jadhav are maharashtrians.

sharath chandra
Mar 30, 2016 05:09pm

So a person speaking in Marathi is a RAW agent ?

Mohammad Farooq
Mar 30, 2016 05:12pm

@Tarun Who cares. All we know that this is an Indian State sponsored terrorism.

Mar 30, 2016 05:12pm

@sandeep Denials, denials, denials.

Mar 30, 2016 05:13pm

Pakistan should use this opportunity to expose indian involvement in Pakistan on international level and also in UN.........

Akil Akhtar
Mar 30, 2016 05:13pm

NO nation will ever accept when their spy is captured.....

Mar 30, 2016 05:16pm

Indian government & media showing tears of crocodile. Good job done by ISI.

Akil Akhtar
Mar 30, 2016 05:16pm

Lets ask all the indian lovers in Pakistan what they think now

Mar 30, 2016 05:17pm

People doing arguments about whether Yadav can speak marathi or not, my friends agents can speak any language as their native language and thats why they are spy and not ordinary people like us. givepeaceachance

Rahul Kolte Patil
Mar 30, 2016 05:18pm

@sandeep - if he was born in Sangli then he probably did speak Marathi. I have seen a Sikh Punjabi speak fluent Marathi in Kolhapur. Even though he is a Yadav maybe he did speak Marathi. Maybe he is Jadhav who knows.

Shahzad Ikhlaq
Mar 30, 2016 05:29pm

@sharath chandra Yes, If he's caught illegally in Pakistan without a visa & having fake travel documents, having a fake name and being an active service member of Indian navy.

Mar 30, 2016 05:33pm

Most of the comments here do not make sense, this claim that he spoke Marathi is by the Indian intelligence through the Ahmadabad Mirror, so how is Pakistan making this up.

Mar 30, 2016 05:36pm

This is far monumental of a prized catch!

Zack Khan
Mar 30, 2016 05:39pm

With all the comments from our indian friends here, all i have to say is that what is an indian navy officer doing in that area! Maybe he was flying kite in balochistan!!!

Mar 30, 2016 05:45pm

Our indian "friends" here are are arguing that a yadav does not speak marathi..well this spy changed his religion so a language being learnt is not a big deal.grow up u "people"..come up with a more genuine denial.

Mar 30, 2016 05:56pm

India Government is behind terror activities in Pakistan. This sums it up.

Mar 30, 2016 05:57pm

@SAEED MASOOD Did Pakistan every accept, Indian allegations?

Mar 30, 2016 06:01pm

@Ahmed USA - Yes Sir , We do!!

imtiaz syed
Mar 30, 2016 06:13pm

@sandeep Your ministers have already accepted him, how can you deny that comment

Mar 30, 2016 06:13pm

@Deepak There are at least hundreds of biharis who are permanent residents of Mumbai and speak Marathi like Marathis, so do not bet on this.

Mar 30, 2016 06:16pm

@Pathetic agree what surprising that his family also learned Marathi

Mar 30, 2016 06:39pm

I request Pakistan to take seriousness in capturing Lahore bomb blast terrorist.

Mar 30, 2016 06:57pm

Soon he will be released and handed over to Indian authorities.Dont worry

Mar 30, 2016 07:17pm

@sandeep :"let me tell you.. I am a Marathi person staying in Maharashtra. and I can assure you that surname yadav does not belong to Marathi.."

At least someone could have done some research on the last name, beforehand, by finding out who is this guy, in actual fact.

Mar 30, 2016 07:20pm

@Anti_Yadav I agree.

Qasim Shah
Mar 30, 2016 07:30pm

@Raj It will take some time to stop all bomb blasts in Pakistan. Because many more Yadav are still operating in Pakistan, once all of them are captured, bomb blasts in Lahore and other places will stop. Yadev arrest proved that Indian regime is sponsoring terrors in Pakistan.

Waqas Kaka
Mar 30, 2016 07:49pm

What else is needed to prove that Indian govt. is sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan? Anyone who sides with Yadev, in in fact sides with terrorism.

Abdulla Hussain
Mar 30, 2016 07:50pm

Top Indian intelligence officials suspect Kulbushan Yadav’s phone had been under surveillance by Pakistani intelligence and believe Yadav’s complacency led to his capture, revealed the Ahmedabad Mirror.

“His passport identifies him as Hussein Mubarak Patel; but his mannerisms were nothing like that of a Muslim Patel,” an Indian official told the Ahmedabad Mirror.

These words are coming from Indian press I hope Mrs.Sushma don't also consider these as tutored or fabricated. The fact is India has got caught for its anti Pakistan action through w well organised state sponsored network RAW.

Mar 30, 2016 07:52pm

Commander Kulbhushan Yadav "confessed" he was a serving officer of Indian Navy, he gave his rank and number. Then how did he become Hussain Mubarak Patel? How did acquire a forged Indian passport? How did he end up in Iran's Chabahar Port? How did he open jewelry shop there? Obviously, he could not do this on his own?

Indian government sent him to Iran's Chabahar Port, as undercover businessman on fake identity and forged passport. His mission was to target Pakistan's Gwadar Port and other maritime installations. He confessed being involved in terrorism in Pakistan. All this has exposed India's shocking state-sponsored terrorism.

Waqas Kaka
Mar 30, 2016 07:56pm

@sandeep Do not lie, do some research then speak. If you search google using "yadav marathi". You will find many marathi with name Yadev. For example, google shows, (1) Anand Ratan Yadav is an Famous Marathi writer from Maharashtra, India. (2) Priyanka Yadav is famous Marathi Indian actress and many more...

Shah, Canada
Mar 30, 2016 08:03pm

Yadev is not a Marathi name what does it show he has some other identities too wait.. all will come out. Nowadays people speak multiple languages or his family speak Marathi... is it a rocket science???

Mar 30, 2016 08:05pm

Consular access is required by law. Not granting him that is creating suspicion.

Mar 30, 2016 08:11pm

@sandeep He doesn't have to be born Marathi to speak Marathi you know..there are many punjabis that know hindi

Mar 30, 2016 08:22pm

@Azim Why does India want Consular access for someone they dont even claim to be one of theirs.

The guy is a muslim convert businessman living in Iran.. Why bother ;)

Mar 30, 2016 08:23pm

Admit that he is a RAW agent and you get you access India!

Mar 30, 2016 08:40pm

Despicable and irresponsible behavior on part of the Indian government.

Nadeem Mirza
Mar 30, 2016 09:19pm

@Deepak @Sandeep I can find you sikhs living in Peshawar who speaks pushto. I can find you people with punjabi name speaking Sindhi, Balochi, pushto. I am not sure what kind of logic you folks are trying to use, that Yadavs cant speak Marathi.

Hello world
Mar 30, 2016 09:23pm

A Yadav speaking in Marathi? That doesn't happen!

Mar 30, 2016 09:48pm

@Ahmed USA : yes Sarabajit Singh is an example.

Mar 30, 2016 10:03pm

Please read the title it's Jadhav not Yadav. Which is Marathi name. Secondly, Indian gov has already accepted him as their naval officer. No point in beating around the bush:p

Mar 30, 2016 10:06pm

stop the denial my fellow indians - He is Jadhav. Indian govt accepted

Mar 30, 2016 10:10pm

@bharat932 How does it makes difference? Still he is Indian and what he was doing in Iran,Karachi and Balochistan is still mystery?

Mar 30, 2016 10:39pm

Guys I was born in late 80's, I never saw partition. however I believe in good relationship and good neighbour. Rather than espionage. why not India and Pakistan work together for mankind. We have million problems in both countries. ? what will India get after disintegrate Pakistan ?

Mohammad Ghouri
Mar 30, 2016 11:15pm

@sandeep your govt is in fix and lost the trust