Asia Briefs: Indian police arrest suspects over lynchings

Rescuers on Mount Everest found the body of a missing Indian climber  on May 22.
Rescuers on Mount Everest found the body of a missing Indian climber on May 22. PHOTO: AFP

Indian police arrest suspects over lynchings

NEW DELHI • Indian police said yesterday they had arrested nearly two dozen people on charges, including murder and rioting, after lynchings last week that left eight people dead.

Mobs in the largely tribal Jharkhand state in eastern India set upon the victims with sticks and fists over two days of violence as rumours spread on social media that a gang was kidnapping children, police said.

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China detains six more Japanese citizens

TOKYO • Six Japanese citizens have been detained in China for alleged illegal activities, officials in both countries said yesterday. China had already detained five other Japanese citizens since 2015, largely on suspicion of spying.

In the latest detentions, all six detainees held in March were Japanese company officials who reportedly visited China after a local company or companies asked them to search for hot springs.

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Body found, taking Everest death toll to four

KATHMANDU • Rescuers on Mount Everest found the body of a missing Indian climber yesterday, taking the toll from a deadly weekend to four.

Three other climbers have died on Everest in one of the deadliest episodes since an avalanche swept through base camp two years ago, killing 18. All the fatalities appeared to be related to altitude sickness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe