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Chinese Spies In Noida Illegal Club Found In Noida – Free PDF Download

 

What has happened?

  • The Gautam Budh Nagar Police seems to have stumbled upon what could be a Chinese spy ring operating from an ordinary village of the district.
  • The wires of this ring run deep into India’s North-East, apart from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and West Bengal.
  • The lid was blown off the matter late on Tuesday when the Noida Police raided a building at Gharbara village that turned out to be a Chinese-only club.
  • This club was being used as a safe-house and meeting spot by almost 20 Chinese nationals living illegally in India, the police said.

How police came to know about it?

  • The raid came in response to a tip-off from the Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) that had nabbed two Chinese nationals on the India-Nepal border last Saturday.
  • The interrogation of this duo revealed that they were staying with friends in a Noida suburb.
  • On Monday, Chinese national Xue Fei (36) aka Kelay-a resident of Xinji, Hebei, and Petekhrinuo (22), a native of Kohima, Nagaland were arrested by the Gautam Budh Nagar Police from a Gurugram hotel after the two were not found at their house in Jaypee Greens.
  • It was Fei’s revelation during interrogation that he was the co-owner of a nightclub in Greater Noida’s Gharbara village which sparked the raid.
  • According to the police, some 15 to 20 Chinese nationals fled as soon as they got wind of the police raid, but six girls – four from the North-East and two from Nepal – were left behind and arrested.
  • Sources said the possibility of a honey-trapping operation being run from the club could not be ruled out and that it was being investigated.

Incriminating evidence

  • What threw the police in a tizzy was the discovery of a photocopy of Fei’s Indian passport.
  • Fei’s Indian visa on his Chinese passport had expired in 2019 and he had been staying in India illegally ever since, said officials.
  • Fei’s Indian passport had been issued under the fake name ‘Kelay’ from the Kolkata regional passport office (RPO).
  • The Noida Police have contacted their counterparts in West Bengal as the address against which the Indian passport was issued to the Chinese national is that of Darjeeling.
  • “We have roped in other agencies and experts in Chinese matters to interrogate the arrested accused.
  • That this English-speaking Chinese national is staying for the past three years in India with an Indian passport on a fake name is a major cause of concern for internal and international security of the country,” said the DCP.
  • According to highly-placed sources, other than the passport copy, machines and equipment used in forging documents such as Aadhaar and voter ID have been recovered from the club.
  • Moreover, several blank smartcards- used to make a PAN Card, for instance –  were found.

India connection

  • The three-storey building that houses the China bar is owned by a Gharbara village resident and was rented out for five years.
  • “A rent agreement between the owner and four people, including the arrested Chinese national and three Indians, was made in 2021 for the next five years.
  • The bar had been running for the last one year. We are currently on the lookout for the three business partners who are mentioned in the agreement,” the DCP said.
  • Surprisingly, the ring could not be unearthed despite an excise raid of the location some three months back this year.
  • The police are looking for the three Indian accomplices of the arrested Chinese national.
  • “Once we get hold of the Indian accomplices of the arrested accused, things will be clearer,” the DCP said added.

Club name

  • The club named ‘Tianshang Renjian’ (meaning ‘Heaven on Earth’ in Chinese) is registered as a non-government private limited company at the registrar of companies in Kanpur.
  • It was registered on November 5, 2020, two days after the date on the rent agreement in Greater Noida.
  • The company has two partners, including Ravi, according to the records of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

China’s embassy

  • Noida Police said the Chinese embassy in India had so far not contacted the Gautam Budh Nagar Police Commissionerate regarding the arrested accused.
  • Both Xue Fei and Peterkhrinuo are currently in judicial custody, though the police will ask for remand for interrogation, Katyayan said.
  • DCP Katyayan said: “The district police has increased scrutiny on foreign nationals living especially those who do not have valid passports and visas.
  • It is possible that there are more such Chinese nationals living here illegally.”
  • She added that experts have also been roped in to gather data from the electronic devices recovered from the Chinese illegal.

Q) Which of the is correct about National Investigation Agency (NIA)?

  1. The purpose of NIA is to combat terrorism.
  2. It requires special permission from state authority to investigate in state’s jurisdiction.
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 & 2
  4. None of the above

 

 

 

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