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West Bengal: Suspected ISI agent arrested from Siliguri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A suspected ISI agent was arrested from Panitanki area near India-Nepal border in Siliguri this evening.A senior police officer said Ranabijay Singh, a suspected ISI agent, was arrested by officers from the Anti-Corruption Branch and local police from his rented accommodation.155 Nepalese SIM cards, 35 Indian SIM cards, four laptops, several ATM cards and three voter ID cards were found in his possession, the officer said.Singh, a resident of Bihar’s Sion, had been residing in the Siliguri locality for past six months and was publicly running an electric mechanic business in the area.He had been to Qatar and Oman in 2009, 2010 and later settled in Siliguri’s Pradhannagar area in 2015 from where he had shifted to Panitanki six months back.The sleuths had been monitoring his activity which included converting international mobile network calls into Indian calls and finally put him under arrest this evening, the officer said.He, however, did not wish to divulge further about his alleged involvement with ISI for the sake of probe.

Nepal denies rumours of expelling Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae

Kathmandu: Nepal has rubbished rumours of plans to expel Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae following the cancellation of President Bidhya Devi Bhandrai’s visit to New Delhi and the recall of its envoy from New Delhi.

File image of Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. AFP

File image of Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. AFP

Rumours were circulating in Kathmandu from Sunday that the government was preparing to declare Rae, who was said to have breached several diplomatic norms – including the Vienna Convention, as persona non-grata (PNG). This means his diplomatic immunity would be withdrawn.

The rumours gained ground after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli cancelled Bhandarai’s visit and recalled Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Uphadhya apparently in retaliation of India’s supposed hand in toppling his government.

After some media outlets reported that a closed door meeting at Oli’s residence discussed the possibility of declaring Rae PNG, this simultaneously created turmoil in New Delhi and Kathmandu prompting Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa to issue a statement on Sunday evening saying: “Some media speculation regarding Nepal government mulling over the expulsion of Indian Ambassador Rae is baseless and is aimed at damaging Nepal-India relations.”

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