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Five Indians, arrested on charges of abduction freed

Five Indian nationals, who were detained by police in western Nepal on suspicion of being child abductors were released after they were found to be innocent tourists, according to the police.

world Updated: Jun 30, 2009 14:36 IST

Five Indian nationals, who were detained by police in western Nepal on suspicion of being child abductors were released after they were found to be innocent tourists, according to the police.

The tourists who were on a holiday in Nepal were taken into police custody two days ago while trying to take a snap of a local child in Tanahu district.

Locals in Bandipur town of the district caught the five men on suspicion of being child abductors while they were taking photographs and handed them over to the police.

The police officials said they released the Indians yesterday after preliminary investigations. They added that the tourists had been detained for their own safety as the villagers were beating them.

All the arrested - Rachit Kumar Shetty (28), Ashok Yadav (32), Surendra Kumar Pande (32), Chandra Shekhar Varma (32) and Ramesh Kumar (40)- belonged to Chattishgarh in India.

Ramesh Kumar said that he was taking the picture of the boy as he looked like his own son, but the villagers did not listen to him and thrashed them.