7 Germans arrested for holding religious events in Assam

Assam police are on the alert after a number of foreigners on tourist visas were allegedly caught engaging in religious activities that violate visa standards.

According to the police, seven German tourists were arrested on Friday for violating visa standards. Also, three Swedish nationals were recently deported after they were found to be engaged in religious education.

“Police are being ordered to monitor such tourists who are here on tourist visas but engaged in proselytization or religious education,” a police officer told ET, asking not to be named.

Assam Police Special DGP (law & order) GP Singh told reporters: “German citizens had tourist visas and were involved in religious activities without a visa permitting. They were fined $500 each.

Golaghat Police Superintendent Ramandeep Kaur said: “When we checked their visas, we found that they had a tourist visa. They were deported to their country on Saturday.”

The German citizens are said to have attended religious gatherings in Tinsukia, Karbi Anglong and stopped in Golaghat. They planned to visit different areas but were stopped by the police.

They have been identified as Asmus Merten, Bloemlisa Aimee, Von Oheim Cornelia Elisaveth Friederike, Hinrich Andreas, Michael Erich Schaper and Olearius Chrisia Dorothea. Three Swedish citizens – Marcus, Hanna and Susanna – were deported to Stockholm on Thursday after being fined $500 each for visa violations.

Following the arrest of 17 Bangladeshi nationals for alleged violations of visa standards, Assam police had recently stated that there is an increasing tendency among Bangladeshi clerics to hold religious gatherings in remote areas in violation of visa standards.

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