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Dutch authorities release 12 Indians

Dutch officials had held them for questioning following their 'suspicious behaviour' on board a US flight.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2006 10:33 IST
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The 12 Indians will finally return home after being detained on board a Mumbai-bound Northwest Airlines flight.

Dutch authorities had held them for interrogation for about 24 hours after they reportedly showed what was termed 'suspicious behaviour' on board the flight.

This includes exchanging laptops and cellphones and refusing to wear their seat belts and follow crew instructions.

There has been a heightened security alert at airports worldwide over the last fortnight after an alleged terror bid in the skies was aborted by the British police on August 10.

The suspects were released without any terrorism charges late on Thursday. Their mobile phones and laptops were found not to contain any explosives.

But the Dutch authorities are continuing investigations into the reported behaviour of the men on board the flight.

Their cellphones and laptops have been kept back for further checks.

Back home, the Ministry of External Affairs has got consular access to the men and is making arrangements to bring them back home.