The island town police have arrested an Indian origin Netherlands national under Foreigners Act as he was found overstaying in the country for about three years after his visa expired on February 17, 2011.

Police said Avineshwar Paltan Tiwari, who had his origin in Pune, had arrived in India on November 19, 2010 with a valid Netherlands passport on three months visa, but has been overstaying for the past three years.

After arriving at Ramanathapuram on December 31, he reached the island on Saturday night and was secured by the Town police. He was arrested under section 14 of Passport Act and remanded to judicial custody on Sunday evening, police said.

“As he is a foreigner and had been staying in the country in violation of the norms, he was arrested under the Foreigners Act and remanded,” Superintendent of Police N.M.Mylvahanan said.

He could have consumed some drugs or looked mentally ill as he was non-coherent and had visited the naval detachment here on Saturday night and sought weapons to protect himself, the SP said adding “his entry was legal, but he had been staying illegally.”

On being informed by the naval personnel, the Town police secured the 35-year-old man and interrogation revealed that he was operating a cruise service in Netherlands and had purchased a flat in Pune after coming to India. He was found in possession of a Chinese-made walkie-talkie and he claimed that he had purchased it in Netherlands for the purpose of boat operation. The set, however, did not interfere with the local frequency, the SP added.

He had visited Ramanathapuram many times and claimed to have purchased some solar panels for his flat in Pune, police added.

He was also found in possession of three mobile phones, Rs. 60,000 in cash, an ATM card, a camera besides his passport, police added.

He was interrogated by Rameswaram Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) T.Vijayakumar and Town Police Inspector P.Kumar. He was questioned by Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Q branch police personnel for possible terrorist links before police arrested him.