Uttar Pradesh: Japanese Tourist Robbed, Drugged Near Varanasi by ‘Guide’, Case Registered

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Uttar Pradesh: Japanese Tourist Robbed, Drugged Near Varanasi by ‘Guide’, Case Registered

Tanaka met the impostor during a visit to a Buddhist site in Sarnath and from there they went to the Varanasi ghat for sightseeing

Varanasi, Dec 15:  A Japanese tourist was allegedly drugged and robbed by a man posing as a tour guide in Sarnath, a Buddhist holy place near Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Thursday. The 20-year-old tourist named Akihiro Tanaka is a resident of Tokyo and is an engineer by profession. He arrived in the temple city by bus from Agra.

Talking to a news agency, police said that Tanaka met the impostor during a visit to a Buddhist site in Sarnath and from there they went to the Varanasi ghat for sightseeing.


“The accused offered him a spiked soft drink. After consuming it, Tanaka fell unconscious and Ramesh decamped with his passport, visa, ATM card, other documents, cash 950,000 Yen, around Rs 20,000 in cash and other personal belongings. When he woke up, he found himself in Shastrinagar,” the police informed.

According to the reports, passerby spotted him and helped him by hiring an auto. They sent him  to Mughalsarai (Deen Dayal) station, from where he was taken to the Tourist Information Centre in UP’s Varanasi.

JK Singh, a Sub-Inspector with the Railway Police Force (RPF) informed the news agency that a case had been registered with the Sigma Police Station and they were trying to search the lost items of the Japanese tourist.

The police, however, said that they will look after the tourist, till they locate his belongings.