China says Indian, 19 foreigners admitted to ‘illegal acts’

Indian Embassy has sought from China precise circumstances under which Rajiv Mohan Kulshrestha was detained.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: July 19, 2015 2:57 pm
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China on Sunday said a 46-year-old Indian and 19 other foreigners, who were arrested for alleged terror links, watched video clips that “advocate terrorism and religious extremism” and admitted to their “illegal acts”.

Rajiv Mohan Kulshrestha, a businessman from Delhi, was deported to India on Saturday.

Nineteen others, mostly British and South African nationals, from Gift of the Givers, a South African charity, were also deported to their respective countries.

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The foreigners have been deported from China for illegally “watching video clips that advocate terrorism and religious extremism,” the foreign affairs office in Ordos city in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, where they were detained, said in the first detailed comment on the incident.

“According to the police investigation, the foreigners first watched a documentary in a hotel room. After some of them left, the rest proceeded to watch video clips advocating terrorism. Police later found similar videos stored in a cell phone belonging to Hoosain Ismail Jacobs, a South African national,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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After that police detained nine of the 20 and allowed the rest to leave China.

The police detained five South Africans, three British nationals and an Indian national on July 11 in accordance with China’s criminal law which stipulates punishment for “allegedly organising, leading or joining terrorist groups”, the report said.

“All the detainees admitted to their illegal acts and repented. The police imposed a lenient sentence and had them deported on Saturday. The other 11 foreigners were deported on Wednesday,” the report said.

After being notified, diplomats with relevant foreign embassies in China visited their nationals involved in the case, who had been accommodated properly, said the foreign affairs office of Ordos.

Indian Ambassador to China Ashok K Kantha said on Saturday that while the focus during the last few days was on getting Kulshrestha released, Indian Embassy has sought from China precise circumstances under which he was detained.

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    Curtis
    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm
    No one, including the Western media has reported how the CPC knew they were watching a video in their hotel room. Are the hotel rooms in the PRC "bugged"? I wonder if the International Olympic Committee is paying attention. If the IOC awards Beijing with the 2022 Winter Olympics, will all of the international visitors also be subject to arbitrary arrest?
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    BharatK
    Jul 19, 2015 at 7:24 pm
    India must learn from China how to deal with wrong-doers. Many foreigners come to India on tourist visas, but do missionary business here. Govt must deport these wrong-doers and ban them to enter India again. There must be Zero tolerance to foreign nationals creating problems in India.
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    Sanju
    Jul 19, 2015 at 8:06 pm
    Ha ha ha...the foreigners...were not even aware that it was "wrong" to watch TV or any broadcast in the first place. It is normal all over the world except China. They did nothing wrong. If India did that...all of Kashmir and Nagaland and Tripura would be under lockup......
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