Five of them who were accused had kept cannabis in food packets and laptop bags while they were held at Kunming airport after they came from Kolkata on September 7.
“We are trying to ascertain the facts,” an official in the Indian embassy told IANS.
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The drug packets were discovered by the scanners at the airport. Their arrests have been notified to the Indian officials and they have been granted counsellor access on September 21, said the officials.
These Indians are currently held in prisons at Guangxi and Guangzhou on drug smuggling charges.
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Drug smuggling in China is treated as a serious offence and in some cases, the crime attracts death penalty or long prison terms. Drugs peddling is a serious offence in China with punishments ranging from life-term in prison and death penalty.
– prepared by NewsGram Team with inputs from various sources.