Rupnagar (Punjab): A German national
arrested last week from near Bhakra dam in Punjab was on a
"spying mission", police alleged on Tuesday.
L K Yadav, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ropar,
claimed that Thomas Kuehn, a resident of Hamburg, had
confessed that he was on a "spying mission" for Germany.
The 45-year-old German national was staying in a Hindu
temple near Bhakra dam. He does not posses any passport, visa
or other required documents, police said.
Yadav said that police parties have been dispatched to
Goa, Dharamshala and Nepal border to get further information
about the visits of Kuehn to these places.
He said after his arrest, Kuehn continuously changed
statements. Earlier he said he lost his passport and later he
claimed that his Russian girlfriend had taken away his
passport. "We are looking into all aspects of this matter,"
the SSP said.
Kuehn has been booked under various sections of
Foreigners` Act. It was revealed during investigation that
this was his second visit to India.
"He came to India in 2004 and visited various places in
Himachal Pradesh and in Jammu and Kashmir before returning. He
again came to India in 2007 and, thereafter, he did not return
to his home country," the SSP said.
Police sources said that during the last 10 years, Kuhen
visited various countries in Europe, America and Africa.