The owner of the house from where eight Taiwanese nationals were arrested for alleged illegal stay in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi was nabbed in Delhi.
Additional DGP S R Mardi has confirmed the development and said that Gankar Rimpoche has been arrested by police and being brought to Himachal for interrogation.
Rimpoche was allegedly staying in the palatial house and monastery at Chauntra in Mandi district and had left the place before the police raided his premises. While the Taiwanese nationals had tourist visas and had violated the provisions of Foreigners Act, Rimpoche has also been named as an accused in the two cases registered by police.
His mobile phones were tracked and location was traced near Gurgaon. Apprehending that he might fly from Delhi Airport, strict vigil was kept in the entire area, police sources said. Police did not disclose the exact location from where Rimpoche was nabbed and said that the links of arrested Taiwanese nationals would be known after interrogating him.
It is also learned that Rimpoche was allegedly having Nepalese and Indian passports and was caught at Delhi Airport in 2009 and a case was registered againt him.
The interrogation of arrested persons was delayed as interpreters arrived only yesterday and with the arrest of Rimpoche, police hope to find more information on these Taiwanese nationals.