External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the Indian has been released. He said the Indian embassy in Beijing has been working for the Indian national's release and he should be arriving in India shortly.

Rajiv Mohan Kulshrestha, who travelled along with 19 other foreigners from Gift of the Givers, a South African charity, was taken into custody at Ordos's in China's Inner Mongolia province on July 10 for allegedly watching videos of a banned terror group in their hotel rooms.

Delhi-based businessman Kulshrestha was brought to Beijing last evening before being allowed to leave for India. His release was facilitated by the Indian embassy which kept in close touch with the Chinese officials in Beijing and Mongolia, a statement from Indian embassy said.

Indian officials were given consular access to Kulshrestha before his release. The Indian officials were at the airport at the time of the departure, the statement said.

Kulshrestha repatriation came after China had earlier released 11 British and South African nationals. Kulshrestha, who was kept in custody along with eight others, had come to China on a 47 day tour.

China also released other eight people, five South African and three British nationals, according to reports in South African media. With this, all the 20 who were held have been released.


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