NEW DELHI: Sleuths zeroed in on the identity of McNaught Damini, the "pretty woman" who the airman Ranjith KK was talking dirty with for the past several months on Wednesday, even as the arrested IAF employee told the police that he had given details of operation Inderdhanush - an India-UK joint bi-lateral exercise held in the United Kingdom in July this year - to the undercover agent.

Top intelligence sources said McNaught is likely a woman fidayeen belonging to a Jammu & Kashmir-based terrorist group. The group is head-quartered in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir; TOI is withholding the name of the outfit in light of the continuing investigations into McNaught's activities.

An analysis of McNaught's dialect and accent - she had long voice chats on Whatsapp and via Skype with Ranjith - and information regarding the geo-satellite positions of the number she was using, as well as the internet protocol addresses from which she was operating her Facebook account, led military intelligence sleuths to narrow down their search to the POK-based outfit.

This source-based information adds a twist to the tale: McNaught is no more limited to espionage but related to terrorism. However, joint commissioner (crime) Ravindra Yadav refused to either confirm or deny this.

"A probe is on. Many revelations are coming to the fore. We're verifying these. We can't comment on any probe detail which has emerged before it has been confirmed," Yadav told TOI.

Courtesy Times of India