India police detain foreign TV crew for possession of satellite phones
KOLKATA (AFP) - The Indian police have detained a group of 49 foreign nationals who were shooting a reality television show for illegally possessing satellite phones, a police official said on Sunday.
The police seized the phones from the foreigners in West Bengal state, where they were apparently shooting the European show Peking Express that documents contestants hitchhiking across countries, the official said.
Police detained the group for questioning on Saturday following a raid on a resort in the town of Chalsa, 670km north of Kolkata, said Mr Kunal Agarwal, police superintendent of Jalpaiguri district.
"Tipped off by defence intelligence, police raided a resort in Chalsa where a group of 49 foreigners were shooting a reality show and confiscated 22 satellite phones illegally sneaked into the country," Mr Agarwal told AFP.