The Swiss nationals were arrested in Valappad area in Thrissur district. The police arrested them when they were attending a function organized by the rebel group.

The function was organized in the memory of former Maoist activist Sinoj who died while making bombs in Andhra-Karnataka border recently.

The Swiss nationals Jonathan and Valerie, had arrived in Kerala on a tourist visa, and were caught having documents related to the rebel outfit.

They arrived in Kerala on July 10 and were staying at a hotel, Meridian Palace, near Kannur district.

Damodaran, the Hotel Manager said, “We did the formalities of providing a room just like we do for all other tourists. We asked them to fill hotel forms; all their foreign documents were checked and cross checked with the police. There were no issues. We did not know of their alleged background with Maoists, we considered them to be just another tourist to the place.”

They are now in the custody of Valappad Police Station in Thrissur district under the Foreigners Act, Section 14(b), which pertains to violation of visa conditions.

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