Four Indians were detained by the police during an anti-prostitution raid in a Shanghai hotel earlier this week. The four were part of a large Indian delegation visiting Shanghai to take part in the annual 22nd China International Bicycle & Motor Fair.
The Shanghai police, possibly acting on a tip off, raided the hotel and picked up the four from their hotel rooms.
The Indian Consulate in Shanghai was informed about the incident Saturday morning. Subsequently, official requests were made to the local government's Public Security Bureau to grant consular access to the detained.
A request to the Bureau was also put in to find out the names of the detained and the sequence of events leading to their detention.
Usually, suspects in such cases are not immediately arrested but kept under police detention for anything between three and 10 days.
If the four are not released by Saturday, they might have to be under detention till the middle of next week as a long weekend begins in China from Sunday on account of May Day. Legal formalities could then only be completed by Wednesday.
The Indian delegation, many of them from Ludhiana in Punjab are participating in the exhibition under the aegis of the New Delhi-based Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC).
It's an annual exhibition and top India cycle companies like Hero and Atlas are in China's business capital to showcase their latest products.
More than business with China, Indian companies come here to strike business deals with other countries like those in South America.
Indian diplomats said such incidents need to be handled "sensitively" and were invariably "embarrassing."
Earlier this year 12 Indian merchants were released after two years in custody for allegedly smuggling diamonds.
Meanwhile, the two Indian traders Deepak Raheja and Shyamsunder Agrawal, who were kidnapped by local Chinese traders in December and freed in January, continue to be Shanghai.
They have filed counter cases against their kidnappers who had accused the Indian duo of embezzlement of millions of Yuan.