Hyderabad, Feb 25 (PTI) In recent months, Indian expatriations have been targeted by a new breed of criminals, which is targeting people who are expatriated in India.
The latest example is the recent arrest of a man from the Maldives who was caught in an anti-national act in Mumbai.
Police arrested the man on Tuesday.
Police say that the man was carrying an illegal firearm and explosives when he was apprehended.
The suspect has been identified as a man named S.P. from the southern city of Chennai.
He is said to have spent some time in the Maldivian island of Venezia, which has a population of around 3 million people.
According to the police, the man is the sole owner of a home in the city of Maldiv and had lived there for some time.
Police said that he had used the house as a hideout for his criminal activities.
“The police were alerted by a relative who had come to the house to buy a new laptop for his son,” said senior police officer Pankaj Singh.
The home was searched and found to contain a quantity of explosives.
Police seized the explosives, which were not meant for sale, and charged S. P. under sections 376, 342, 307, 308 of the Indian Penal Code, and section 506 (a) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
The man is in police custody.
Police have also arrested two other individuals from Maldives, who were allegedly involved in the illegal activities.
The arrest of the two men is pending.
“We have already arrested the accused and are looking for more,” said Singh.
While it is not yet clear what the motivation behind the arrests was, one of the accused suspects told police that they were going to the Maldive to buy explosives for their son.
Police have not revealed the names of the individuals arrested.
A large number of expatriating Indians have been hit by the latest wave of crime.
On Tuesday, an employee of a national bank in Hyderabad was robbed at gunpoint.
The robber reportedly told the staff that he was carrying a gun and needed to rob a person to make money.
In February, an expatriation woman from Maldiv was caught stealing a laptop from a house in Mumbai and was arrested.