3 Chinese journalists told to leave India this month Kalyan man held for ISIS links; 2nd arrest in 3 days
All three work for China’s official news agency Xinhua
India has expelled three journalists of the Chinese official news agency, Xinhua, by refusing to renew their visas to work in the country, a move that could worsen the already strained relations between the two countries.
The three journalists have been ordered to leave India by July 31. Journalists Wu Qiang and Lu Tang head Xinhua’s bureau in New Delhi and Mumbai respectively.
The third, She Yonggang, is a reporter based in Mumbai.
No official reason was given for the Indian government’s decision, but sources said the three had come under the “adverse attention of security agencies” for allegedly indulging in activities beyond their journalistic brief.
The sources, however, said the action did not imply that Xinhua journalists are not welcome in India. “The agency can replace them with others. There is nothing here to construe that Xinhua has to wind up its news operations in India,” a source said.
The Hindustan Times reached out to Xinhua in Beijing but an official said nobody could be immediately contacted for a comment.
The decision comes at a time when relations between New Delhi and Beijing have been under strain following China’s refusal last month to back India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Beijing has been wary of New Delhi’s growing bonhomie with Washington.
Non-renewal of visas is a common practice followed by governments to expel foreign journalists whose writing is seen as critical of official policy.
A Kalyan resident was arrested on Saturday by the Kerala police and the Maharashtra ATS for allegedly radicalising youngsters and recruiting them for the Islamic State. This is the second such arrest this week.
Rizwan Khan was arrested after his name cropped up when the police questioned Arshid Qureshi, a guest representative officer working for controversial televangelist Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation. Qureshi was arrested on Thursday from Nerul. The police said their probe showed Khan and Qureshi knew each other since 2009. Khan allegedly helped Qureshi brainwash youth and radicalise them.
“Khan’s primary role was to make documents and to conduct nikahs or weddings. We also suspect he was involved in brainwashing the youth. He has conducted more than a 100 marriages,” said a senior ATS officer.