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Chinese diplomat meets jailed nationals in Lucknow

The Chinese embassy in Delhi has been making hectic efforts for the release of its three nationals who are lodged in a Lucknow jail.

lucknow Updated: Mar 29, 2011 18:40 IST
HT Correspondent/Hasan

The Chinese embassy in Delhi has been making hectic efforts for the release of its three nationals who are lodged in a Lucknow jail.

Chinese embassy counsellor Ji Ping had a meeting with the jailed nationals including a three-month pregnant woman Liu Yang.

The Chinese ambassador Zhang Yang, who was in Lucknow, however did not meet them. Yang had met cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh on Monday to discuss the issue.

The government in a statement said that during a meeting with DGP Karamveer Singh on Tuesday the Chinese envoy had been apprised of the case registered at Rupaihadeeh police station in Bahraich.

The DGP told Yang that a chargesheet has been filed in the court.

These nationals were arrested on the Indo-Nepal border for an illegal entry in January 2011. They were caught taking photographs of Shashastra Surakhsha Bal (SSB) posts on the border.

After interrogation the SSB officers had handed them over to Baharaich police on January 17. It is learnt that the three Chinese also had a heated argument with the SSB officers.

The special DG (law and order) Brijlal confirmed that they did not have valid travel documents.

The jailed Chinese - Liu Yang, Lixue Dong and Chen Rong have been working in Gurgaon-based Hauwes Technology Private Limited and three company officers Yang Kai Jun, Mi Jiausi and Jhao Yang accompanied the counselor to the women's jail (Nari Bandi Niketan) and the district jail.

Sources said the Chinese delegation had a 45-minutes meeting with Liu Yang in the jail to discuss the case. Two of her male colleagues were also shifted to Lucknow from Bahraich jail. The delegation visited the Lucknow jail to meet Dang and Rong.

However details of the discussions were not available.

"Intelligence and jail officers were around for security reasons, but they could not understand the discussion," a senior police officer told HT.

The whole issue took a curious turn when Liu Yang, who was initially in Bahraich jail, asked for medical termination of pregnancy (MTP).

After denial of MTP by the local court, she moved Lucknow bench of high court and succeeded in getting the permission last month.

Since medical facilities in Bahraich for this purpose were not adequate the jail authorities moved her to Lucknow on March 24.

The doctors at the Dufferin hospital in Lucknow have already carried out several tests. But a final decision about the MTP is yet to be taken. Sources said Liu Yang was also now undecided on the issue.