Two days after arresting three Swedish nationals for allegedly trying to convert people, Assam police on Friday arrested seven German tourists for their alleged involvement in missionary activities in the Golaghat district of the state.
The detained German nationals have been identified as Michael Erich Schaper, Christian Friedrich Reiser, Merten Asmus, Cornelia Von Oheimb, Hinrich Luppen Von Oheimb, Cheista Dorothea Olearius and Lisa Aimee Bloem.
Previously, three Swedish nationals were arrested on similar charges of proselytizing in the Naharkatia region Dibrugarh October 26.
“They were arrested for violating visa standards. They came on tourist visas and engaged in activities that went beyond their visa rights. According to the law of the land, they are expelled,” the SP said.
The official also said that the detained foreign nationals were found visiting many churches and preaching, which was against their rights.
Meanwhile, Assam Police Special Director General GP Singh told the media that they had collected evidence relating to the detainees’ church visits, among other things.
The police are closely monitoring the whole situation, the official told the media, adding that the district officials had received the necessary instructions to stop the proselytizing.
Apart from the three Swedish nationals and the seven German nationals, 17 Bangladeshi nationals have also been arrested for proselytizing in Assam since September.