According to media reports, the Indian national is among 20 foreign tourists arrested for allegedly watching "terror-propaganda" videos and had links to terror groups.
This was supposed to be a tour to explore ancient China; a planned 47 day journey for ten South Africans, nine Britons and one Indian national. A tour that went horribly wrong on Friday, 10 July, when they were arrested at Erdos Airport, Inner Mongolia, at 9.40 am local time.
Authorities did not cite any reason for their arrest. Their cellphones were confiscated, there was no access to the embassies of origin nor to their families. They were detained without charge with no access to any communication nor to legal representation.
According to media reports, the details of the Indian national are not clear as yet, and Indian officials are reportedly working to check if the person is an Indian citizen or a South African citizen of Indian origin.
Of the 5 South Africans being held, 3 including the MK member are relatives of Shameel Joosub, CEO of Vodacom.