New Delhi: Taken by surprise over the arrest of one of its researchers in Karnataka for links with Pakistan-based terror outfits, India's defence research agency on Friday announced that it was initiating disciplinary action against him under government rules.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) spokesperson Ravi Gupta said the youth, identified as Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, was only a junior researcher, which is a temporary position.Mirza was not an employee, Gupta clarified.

"This has reference to reports in certain sections of media reporting the arrest of Aijaz Ahmed Mirza. In this regard, it is intimated that Mirza had been placed as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) for the past few months, at the Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS), a DRDO laboratory," he said.

Gupta also said that verification of Mirza's antecedents as well as police verification was conducted in the process of his placement in the temporary position.

"He was not involved in any sensitive work and as such no sensitive/classified information has been compromised. Disciplinary action as per government of India rules is being taken," he added.

Under the research fellowship scheme, DRDO offers opportunities to young scientists and engineers to work in its labs in the areas of basic research relevant to the laboratory.

No classified information compromised

Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, a DRDO scientist arrested along with 10 others on charges of plotting terror attacks in Karnataka, was not involved in any sensitive work in the organisation, Defence Research and Development Organisation said on Friday.

"He was not involved in any sensitive work and as such no sensitive or classified information has been compromised. Disciplinary action as per GOI (Government of India) rules is being taken," it said.

Twenty-six-year-old Mirza had been placed as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) for the past few months, at Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS), a DRDO laboratory here.

Verification of his antecedents including by police was conducted in the process of Mirza's placement on the temporary position of JRF, DRDO said in a statement.

Under the Research fellowship scheme, DRDO offers opportunities to young scientists and engineers for working at DRDO labs in the areas of basic research relevant to the laboratory. "Their antecedents are verified and police verification is conducted in the process of recruiting them as research fellows," the statement added.

City police on Friday announced the arrest of the 11 with suspected links to terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and HUJI and claimed to have foiled their plot to kill MPs, legislators and mediapersons and some pro-Hindutva leaders.

(Agencies)

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