[afp] Indian police said Wednesday they had arrested three Chinese employees of telecom group Huawei who strayed into Indian territory from Nepal.
The two men and a woman were seized on Monday in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, about 180 kilometres (110 miles) from state capital Lucknow, border police officer Deva Anand told AFP.
"The three Chinese nationals were arrested because they were found inside Indian territory without a passport and visa," he said by telephone from Bahraich district.
The suspects, who said they were installing mobile phone towers in Nepal, were produced before a local court on Tuesday and were remanded in custody for 14 days.
Huawei's spokesman in India, Suresh Vaidyanathan, said the company was "aware of the arrests and was cooperating fully with the police to determine the facts."
The Indian government has expressed its suspicions about Chinese telecom providers in the past.
Last year, it restricted imports of Chinese equipment and blocked several deals between Indian companies and Chinese vendors amid fears the kit could be vulnerable to hackers or be compromised by Chinese intelligence agents.
Chinese telecom companies have big hopes of doing business in the Indian mobile market, the fastest growing in the world with nearly 600 million subscribers.
Indian police arrest 3 Chinese telecom employees