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Foreigners held in Mandi Taiwan nationals: Police

Eight foreigners who were arrested from a mansion that was temporarily being used as a monastery in Chauntra village

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: June 14, 2012 2:43:36 am

Eight foreigners who were arrested on Tuesday from a mansion that was temporarily being used as a monastery in Chauntra village of Mandi district for staying without valid papers were Taiwan nationals,and not Chinese as suspected initially,according to the police.

In all 10 persons were arrested during the raid at the complex and cash worth Rs 30 lakh and foreign currency was seized.Additional DGP (Law and Order ) S R Mardi said,“All of them were having documents showing them as nationals of Republic of China (Taiwan),not People’s Public of China.They were staying at Chauntra for past some months on tourists visa though were working as carpenters and painters.” He said three laptops,some cellphones and SIM cards were also seized.

Later in the day,all the accused,including two Indians — one from Sikkim and the other from Bihar — were produced in a local court and remanded in police custody till June 16.

Mandi SP Abhishek Dular,who is supervising the investigations,said,“We are trying to verify the credentials of the Taiwanese nationals and motive of their stay without valid papers and also having huge cash.”

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