Around 100 Chinese passport holders detained for suspicious activities

KATHMANDU: Around 100 Chinese citizens have been held by the Nepal Police today for engaging in what the police are calling suspicious activities.

According to the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), 97 people have been held from five houses in Manamaiju, Bansbari and Budhanilkantha, where they were based. The numbers are likely to increase, Deputy Inspector General of the Bureau, Neeraj Bahadur Shahi told THT.

"Those detained entered Nepal with Tourist Visa. However, it has come to our notice that they have not been indulging in any activity whatsoever that can remotely be identified as touristic-engagement."

Another highly placed source told THT that the preliminary investigations have made way for suspicion that these people are here for 'networking business' which is a clear violation of the permitted visa.

The Chinese citizens led a very reclusive life here in the capital, confined mostly to the houses they had rented which were being operated like offices. They possessed special IDs and if somebody went to visit them, they were asked to produce identification cards.

Police will place the detainees across various police stations in the capital for investigation and will secure a warrant for their arrest on Tuesday.

The CIB in coordination with the Metropolitan Crime Division carried out the operation, which started at 1:00 pm today and is still underway.

(Inputs from Ujjwal Satyal)