India arrests eight Chinese men for 'visa violation'

Police in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh have arrested eight Chinese men for "violating terms of their visa".

The men were arrested from a "fortified house-cum-monastery" in Chauntra village in Mandi district, police said.

All the men have Chinese passports with short-term Indian tourist visas.

Police said they have seized 3m rupees ($53,700; £35,534) in Indian currency, foreign currency, including $3,000, and some mobile phones from them.

Police and intelligence officials are questioning the arrested men.

Himachal Pradesh shares a border with Tibet and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, lives in exile in the state's Dharamsala town

Police say they are taking the incident seriously as in recent weeks there have been threats to the life of the Dalai Lama.

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