April 23rd, 2012
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10 French nationals accused of Maoits links deported

maoist-linkPatna: The Bihar government ‘deported’ 10 French nationals for their alleged involvement in Maoist activities and visa rule violations. Of the 10 French nationals 6 are women. They have been alleged to have worked with a non-governmental organization that supports Maoist rebels.

The police said that the French nationals had violated visa conditions. Visa rule 3.3 prohibits a foreigner on a tourist/business visa from engaging in socio-political activities, said Kumar Rajesh Chandra, Bihar’s additional DGP. According to Union Home Secretary RK Singh, “All of them were working for an NGO believed to have links with frontal organisations of Maoists.”

A police team escorted them to Patna, from where they were to take a flight to Kolkata. The French nationals were detained near Nawada a densely forested area of Bihar. While in Bihar, they visited Maoist hotbeds Jamui and Simultala and held meetings deep in the forests. Police official Paras Nath said they worked for Unity Forum. They are aso alleged to have worked with Ekta Parishad. The foreigners had come to India early this month and were camping in Bihar after touring south India. While nine of them had come on tourist visas, one had an employment permit to work in Bhopal.


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