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Chinese lady arrested at Nepal border for unlawful entry

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Indo-Nepal border. Image used for consultant function solely
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A 49-year-old Chinese lady was arrested close to the Sunauli India-Nepal border crossing in Uttar Pradesh on June 26 for allegedly getting into India with none paperwork, an Uttar Pradesh police official stated.

The lady recognized as Cai Xiaohong alias Hellen was apprehended by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) when she was attempting to enter India from Nepal with out a passport and visa. She had been staying in Nepal since April and was alone on the time of arrest.

The police official stated a case was registered and the lady was arrested underneath provisions of the Foreigners Act.

“She was not entering India through the authorised checkpoint on the border; instead she was using one of the side tracks near Sunauli border when she was spotted by the SSB personnel. Prima facie it appears that she came her here for tourism but agencies are investigating,” stated the police official.

The official stated there have been many events when foreigners, together with these from China, have been caught whereas getting into India with out a visa. “Every month, we get 2-3 cases where foreigners who have been staying in Nepal are caught at the land border while coming to India for tourism,” the official stated.

On June 17, the Chinese Embassy in India stated that “recently, there have been a number of cases of Chinese citizens being arrested for entering Indian territory from Nepal.”

In an announcement, it reminded Chinese residents “to pay attention to the Indian border signs to avoid entering the Indian territory due to personal negligence, misleading or fluke, so as to avoid legal consequences and personal losses” whereas partaking in tourism, enterprise and different actions on the Nepalese aspect of the India-Nepal border space.

“If you really need to go to India, please apply for the Indian visa in advance as required, and after checking your passport and visa at the Indian immigration checkpoint, enter India from the open port of India,” the Chinese Embassy stated.

“If you go to the Indian border areas, please do not take pictures of Indian border facilities, vehicles, etc., so as not to cause unnecessary trouble,” it added, whereas cautioning Chinese residents from visiting protected areas.

In 2022, the prospect arrest of two Chinese nationals on the Bihar-Nepal border by SSB led the police to an unlawful membership run by a Chinese nationwide on the outskirts of Delhi.

India and Nepal share 1,751 kilometres of open border guarded by the SSB. The motion of Indian and Nepalese residents throughout the border is ruled by the Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, 1950.

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