High drama preceded the exit of the 10 French nationals who allegedly had links with Maoist frontal organisations in violation of visa norms.
The foreigners finally left Patna for New Delhi on Monday morning, nearly 24 hours after their deportation orders were issued.
A top police officer told HT the French nationals, six of them women, had initially refused to accept the deportation orders.
"We told them that they could appeal against the order but not decline to accept it," said state additional director general (special branch) Kumar Rajesh Chandra.
After much cajoling, they accepted the order but asked the authorities to pay for their tickets, said DIG (special branch) Paras Nath.
Last December, Bihar had notified the DIG (special branch) as the civil authority to detain, restrict movement and deport any foreign national on issues of "safety and security".
By the time the authorities explained to the foreigners that their deportation order explicitly said they had to travel ‘at their own cost’, the last flights out of Patna had left.
"Left with no option, we had to accommodate them at the circuit house at the government expense," added Chandra.
These foreigners had come to India earlier this month and were 'camping in Bihar' after visiting south India. In Bihar, they had allegedly visited Naxal hotbeds in Jamui and Simultala and attended meetings organised by NGO Ekta Parishad in forests.