All Chinese nationals detained in Sri Lanka have been freed following the release of two Chinese women on Tuesday, said sources close to the case, Xinhua news agency reported.
The two Chinese women with invalid visas were released from the Kollupitiya police station in Colombo after fines were paid, said a Chinese person, who helped pay the fines for the two Chinese women.
The person, who only gave his name as Su, said the two along with about 20 other Chinese nationals were detained by police on Monday night, and most of them were released on Monday night and early Tuesday morning after their passports and valid visas were presented to the police.
Local police said they set up several checkpoints on Monday night in Colombo targeting foreign nationals who stay in Sri Lanka without valid visas and during the operation several foreigners other than Chinese nationals were arrested.
The Chinese embassy said it attached great importance to the event and sent the consular staff to the police station to help free the Chinese nationals once they got the news.
The embassy said it referred the case to Sri Lanka's police headquarters and External Affairs Ministry, demanding the Sri Lankan side protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka, meanwhile reminding Chinese citizens to comply with local regulations and carry valid identity documents when traveling abroad, the Xinhua news agency added.
Meanhwile, a senior Police official told Daily Mirror that on Monday night, seven Chinese nationals were arrested in Kollupitiya area when they failed to produce their passports. However, they were released when they managed to produce them before the police.
“All of them do not sell whatever they bring into the country by sitting along the pavement. We found certain tourists selling them inside their apartments or houses that the live on rent,” he noted.
Police Headquarters further stated that they have identified Chilaw, Negombo, Fort, Tangalle, Hambanthota and Kandy as prime spots where Chinese are engaged in selling products such as perfumes, clothes, mobile phones and shoes.
Indians are often found doing business in the Eastern part of Sri Lanka where they are engaged in selling sarees, shalwars and shoes. (Supun Dias)
Comments - 8
PoliticallyIncorrect Wednesday, 05 December 2012 03:45 AM
the law is anyway a puppet - face it.
Minister Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:20 AM
The tune is from Chinese and all we have got to do is to dance according to that tune. So they will be very happy!
Lankalion Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:16 AM
This is completely unnecessary. There is no great influx of foreign nationals dying to move into Sri Lanka. In fact, there is only a great influx of Sri Lankans out of Sri Lanka. Moves like this will only reflect badly on our government and our people as being hostile to foreign nationals - which goes completely against our ethos and cultural values. If police is "western" countries did this same sort of thing, they would be accused of being racist and what not!
patriot Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:46 PM
It's only the beginning of Chinese invasion. Just wait and see.
buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:56 AM
The law of the country needs to persist whether it is chinese, tamil or sinhalese. People leaving the country does not mean we have to relax or change or laws nor should we become puppets to countries we have begged and borrowed. Let our politicians become puppets to those countries, but not the citizens or laws of the country.
dave Tuesday, 04 December 2012 12:09 PM
Sign of Development. Some thing is happening.
Sri Lankan - Sydney Tuesday, 04 December 2012 12:19 PM
After all the goods that these Chinese try to sell in Sri Lanka are all fakes of original merchandise like Rolex watches, perfumes, clothing etc.and is not worth the money spent. Make sure what you are buying is genuine. They look genuine but not quite.
Damma Deepa Wednesday, 05 December 2012 02:36 AM
Will China, India or any other country allows Sri Lankans to sell our good on their soils without following their laws concerning Customs, Immigration, Tax laws etc.? Now Sri Lanka is going to be a brothel house where any one can walk and P?
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