Indians Detained in China for Diamond Smuggling

The Times of India reports that 21 Indian nationals, allegedly part of a diamond smuggling ring, have been detained in Shenzhen:

Chinese media claim that the diamond smuggling racket was busted by Shenzhen Custom’s officials. The ring is said to have sourced diamonds in Hong Kong and hired Indians and local carriers to smuggle them into Shenzhen before distributing them to factories, which, in turn, sold them on the open market.

The incident comes at a time when Chinese nationals working on various infrastructure projects in India have complained of a host of problems, including issues relating to their visas.

Three Chinese engineers were arrested in Korba town in Chhattisgarh on Monday for chimney crash in the Balco plant in which 41 workers were killed in September last year. The Chinese were on Tuesday shifted to a district hospital in Korba town after they complained of health problems.

January 12, 2010 11:52 AM
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