The Town police here on Thursday slapped a case on two US-based evangelists who allegedly violated visa norms by speaking at a Christian congregation at Tagore Centenary Hall on Wednesday.

The police said that David Lowell Grand and Dwight Loren Surrah were charged with Section 3 (2) (e) (7), read with Section 14 (b), of the Registration of Foreigners Act. They arrived in the country on a tourist visa a couple of days ago and they had not been permitted to speak at a public gathering.

K.R. Premachandran, Assistant Commissioner of Police (South), said the evangelists had reportedly delivered the speeches at a programme organised by the South Indian Assemblies of God. They were found missing after the programme.

The police have launched a manhunt for them. Preliminary investigation revealed that the duo spoke about their experiences and took part in an executive meeting of the South Indian Assemblies of God, the police said.

Keywords: Visa violation