Thursday, January 30, 2014

India: Japanese Tourist, 35, Duped, Robbed by Assailants Posing as Engineering Students

According to The Times of India, two criminals posing as engineering students duped a solo Japanese tourist, 35, to show him the sunrise at a local marina near Srinivasapuram (a slum section located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu). 

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of the state Tamil Nadu, and is India's  fourth largest city with a population of 7.6 million people. Chennai was seriously affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Subsequently, they took the Japanese tourist on the beach walking toward Srinivasapuram. Upon reaching a secluded area, the two assailants robbed the tourist of an undisclosed sum of money, three ATM cards, his watch and passport.

COMMENT: Fortunately, two local residents befriended the tourist and took him to the Foreshore Estate police station.

Inasmuch as the police officers at the station did not understand the foreigner, and seemingly did not have access to a Japanese translator (see below), crime victim ended up spending the next eight hours at the police station. 

Eventually, the officers determined that the Japanese visitor was staying at a lodge in Triplicane, resulting in the police filing a complaint with the appropriate jurisdiction.

According to the US Department of State the threat level in the capital city of New Delhi is "High," which is the second highest threat level in the Department's four-tier system of descending levels of threat: "Critical, High, Medium and Low."

Solo foreign travelers, both men and women, continue to be targeted predominantly by local criminals.