Central on Hong Kong Island where the restaurant is located. Photo: Chau Lam's Pho@Facebook

Four Indians were arrested on suspicion of working without permits at a food critic’s restaurant in Central on Hong Kong Island on Monday.

Acting on a tip-off, Immigration Department officers raided a newly opened Vietnamese restaurant, Chau Lam’s Pho, which was launched by famous local food critic and writer Chau Lam on Wellington Street in Central. The officers discovered four illegal Indian workers, Oriental Daily reported.

During the raid, officers found the illegal workers – an Indian man and an Indian woman who were staying temporarily in Hong Kong and held recognizance certificates. They also found two Indian domestic workers washing dishes and doing general work in the restaurant.

A customer called the Immigration Department and said he suspected some staff were working in the restaurant illegally as they did not understand Cantonese. A woman believed to be in charge of the restaurant was also arrested during the operation.

Five people were sent to the Immigration Department for further questioning. According to government figures, 880 asylum seekers were arrested in Hong Kong for illegally working in the past 30 months.

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