Indian police claim arrest of German ‘spy’ in Punjab

Bhakra dam

Bhakra dam

A senior police official in the Indian district of Ropar has said that a German national arrested there last week was on a “spying mission” on behalf of the German government. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, senior superintendent of police L.K. Yadav claimed that Thomas Kuehn, of Hamburg, Germany, had confessed to being a “German spy”. The 45-year-old Kuehn was reportedly arrested last Friday in a Hindu temple near the Bhakra dam in Punjab. Police officials grew suspicious when the German national failed to present them with “passport, visa or other required documents”. He initially claimed that he had lost his travel documentation, but later said his passport had been taken by his “Russian girlfriend” who was “in Nepal”. Shortly afterwards, Indian police officials reportedly discovered that Kuenh spent 18 months in a German prison in the late 1980s, for spying on behalf of Czechoslovakia. They also found out that Kuenh has traveled extensively to Europe, America and Africa during the past decade, and that he first visited India in 2004, touring Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir. He apparently returned to India in 2007, and appears to have remained there ever since. Superintendent Yadav said that police officers have been dispatched to the Indian regions of Goa, Dharamshala, and across the India-Nepal border, to collect further information on Kuehn’s visits to these places during the past two years.

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ANON. “German national arrested in Punjab was on a spying mission, claims police” Punjab Newsline Network [01jun2010]

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6 Responses to Indian police claim arrest of German ‘spy’ in Punjab

  1. that is really unusual to find a german spy in punjab. punjab is a really good place to visit not for spying.

  2. neha says:

    Nice Posts

  3. Anonymous says:

    i know him very well. he is not a spy but travelled as sadhu in india. his misfortune was to cross the punjab border just 100 metres.

  4. Joseph says:

    I know him also very well. I met him in India, and he stayed as sadhu in a temple near the place where he was finally arrested. The Punjab police should apologise for such allegations. Mr Kuhn had no time for spying since he was occupied caring for his vegetable garden. The biggest mistake, in fact, was that he crossed over to Punjab state just about 100 metres. That brought him in jail, and as far as I know, is still languishing in Amritsar central jail.

  5. Sandeep says:

    should apologize

  6. francis says:

    not a spy but looking like a sadhu

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