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Indian held up for not carrying passport

An Indian software professional is handcuffed and briefly detained by police on charges of not carrying his passport.

world Updated: May 20, 2007 14:08 IST

An Indian software professional was handcuffed and briefly detained by police on charges of not carrying his passport, the second such incident involving Indian nationals in the Malaysian capital.

Vijay Kumar Varadan had alighted from a local commuter train in the city centre on Saturday when he was stopped by police in civilian clothes who asked for his identification.

Varadan, who works for the Tata Consultancy Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd, has been in Kuala lumpur since March on a legal work visa and showed them a photocopy of his passport but they handcuffed him and took him to a nearby police station and put him along with 20 other men for questioning, sources said.

The Indian High Commission sources confirmed the incident.

"We immediately took up the issue with the Malaysian Foreign office and are following it up today," the sources said.

"We have requested the Malaysian authorities to ensure that such incidents did not take place again," they added.

Last week, a Bollywood producer Sanjeev Mishra was detained by Rela, a voluntary band of immigration personnel, at the crowded China Town market and whisked away for not carrying his passport with him. The men did not have any identification papers on them.

The country's Tourism minister expressed shock and apologised over the incident.

Mishra described the incident as "mental torture" as he thought he was being taken away by "criminals."

First Published: May 20, 2007 13:45 IST