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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Su­tirtho Pa­tra­nobis let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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