- Another Chinese national has been caught by SSB jawans in Bengal on Bhutan border.
- 52-year-old Ni Wai Lin caught when she was trying to enter Bhutan
- Police said he had valid Chinese passport but Indian tourist visa had expired
West Bengal Police has said that another Chinese national was caught by SSB personnel in the state when she was trying to enter Bhutan. Ni Wai Lin, 52, was arrested on Thursday evening at Jaigaon in Alipurduar district when she was trying to enter Bhutan’s Phuntsoling town.
Police said he had a valid Chinese passport but his Indian tourist visa had expired. Lin has been handed over to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for questioning. The Counter Intelligence Cell of IB is interrogating him.
Han Junwe was arrested a few days ago
Lin’s arrest comes within a fortnight after the BSF intercepted a Chinese national, Han Junwe, in Malda district when he was entering India from Bangladesh. He confessed to having acquired 1300 Indian SIM cards, which were used to commit financial fraud. But the IB is exploring a national security angle as Han’s network linked to financial fraud could also be used to make payments to Chinese agents in India.
Two tourists were also caught
Lin’s arrest assumes significance as recently one of the two Chinese tourists was arrested from the Bihar-Nepal border, the other from Lava in Bengal’s Kalimpong district. The two took sharp high-resolution photographs of strategic areas such as the Rachen La Pass on the Sikkim-Bhutan border near Doklam, where the Indian Army in 2017 resisted Chinese military incursions.
Infiltration increased after Doklam
These regions are on the strategic Siliguri Corridor that connects the Indian mainland with its seven northeastern states. Former IB official Benu Ghosh told IANS that China’s espionage activities along the Siliguri Corridor have intensified since the 2017 Doklam crisis. He told IANS that since the Ladakh crisis in the summer of 2020, Chinese agencies have increased their field intelligence profile along the long Himalayan border.
Keeping an eye on the Siliguri Corridor
For this, they are sending Chinese operatives under the guise of tourists or traders. The Siliguri Corridor is quite naturally their focus, as India is bolstering defense in a strategically vulnerable area. Ghosh said that these agents are using our neighboring countries to enter India. West Bengal, which shares borders with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, has become an important center of Chinese espionage activity.