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Police detain 5 Afghan students in India

Police detain 5 Afghan students in India

Jan 04, 2013 - 12:08

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Police detained five Afghan students on Thursday in Fort Kochi, a region in the city of Kochi in the India's state of Kerala, for "not having proper documents."

The five were attempting to book rooms in a homestay in Fort Kochi when police nabbed them, an influential Indian newspaper said in its report.

The students were identified as Mohammed Omar,22, Zahid Malik,24, Ahmad Anwar,19, Sher Shah,18 and Ahamadullah,23, hailed form Afghanistaninfo-icon's southern Kandahar province, the Time of India reported. They studied in a private institute of Bangalore, police inspector, T G Lawrence told journalists.

He said the Afghans were not carrying passports or other identification documents. "We have detained them in Fort Kochi. They will be released only after they present the travel documents." the inspector said.

The students were sent to the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) for further interrogation, a police source said.

 “Foreigners should carry their passports and visas while travelling in other countries. The students told us that their passports and visas were with the college authority, and that they did not know the norms to be followed while travelling in India. We will take case only after an inquiry and recommendation from the FRRO officer,” another police official said.

Educationinfo-icon section head of the Afghanistan embassy to India, Siddiqullah Sahar, showed unawareness from the arrest of Afghan students in India, but said they would launch investigation into the issue.

There are hundreds of Afghan students, studying in different universities of India.


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