Suspected Chinese spy caught in Bodhgaya to be deported for flouting visa rules 

DHARAMSALA, 30 Dec: A Chinese woman police have detained in Bodh Gaya on suspicions of being a Chinese spy will be deported for flouting visa rules, authorities have said after interrogation.

“There is no evidence to indicate that she was a spy”, Bihar’s additional director general (headquarters) Jitendra Singh Gangwar has said, the Hindustan Times reported. 

Though the authorities have initially said that they “cannot rule out suspicion of her being a Chinese spy,” the suspicion of Song Xiaolan being a Chinese spy was ruled out after the intelligence officers did not find any evidence linking her to espionage after interrogating her till late on Thursday evening.

She was detained on Thursday from a guest house at Maharani Road in Gaya after the local police sounded a security alert and circulated sketches of Song Xiaolan on social media on Wednesday and requested local residents to provide information about her as the authorities received intelligence inputs about a Chinese woman who has been living in Gaya.

As the Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness Dalai Lama is currently in Bodh Gaya after nearly two years of hiatus due to COVID-19, media reports said that authorities have beefed up security in and around the Mahabodhi Temple Complex while intensifying the screening of the devotees.

Xiaolan will now be deported for flouting visa rules Gaya senior superintendent of police Harpreet Kaur has said and added that she has been referred to the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) FRRO to execute the formalities in connection with her deportation.

“She has been in India since October 2019. She went to Nepal in January 2020 for four days and upon return to India, settled in McLeod Ganj”, the SSP has said and added that “She had not reported to FRRO even once.”

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