GANGTOK: Two suspected Chinese nationals, who were allegedly in possession of fake documents, were detained at West Bengal’s Bagdogra Airport on Tuesday.

CISF sources confirmed that the duo were detained at the Bangdogra Airport and they were scheduled to travel to Tirupati on Tuesday. Sources told EastMojo that all identification documents produced by the duo, including their Aadhaar cards, appeared to be fake on first review.

“They have been handed over to the local police for further investigation,” an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said.

According to sources, the two individuals came from Kathmandu, Nepal, and had entered India by road through the Nepal border at Panitanki in North Bengal. They stayed at a Bagdogra hotel in Siliguri on Monday night.

They were scheduled to travel to Tirupati pilgrimage site in Andhra Pradesh when security personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) stopped them for questioning before entering the airport.

While their real identity is yet to be ascertained, sources say they are suspected of being Chinese because of the language they spoke in. “The Aadhaar cards presented say they are residents of UP. Investigation is on,” an official said.

The CISF has handed over the duo to West Bengal Police for further interrogation.

A senior police official in Siliguri said, “Two Chinese nationals have been detained as there were discrepancies in their documents. We are verifying the documents. After a thorough enquiry we will start a case under relevant sections of the law.”

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