Chip fat bus driver released

A British environmental campaigner travelling the world in a bus powered by chip fat has been released on bail in India after being arrested on national security grounds.

A British environmental campaigner travelling the world in a bus powered by chip fat has been released on bail in India after being arrested on national security grounds.

Andy Pag, 35, from Croydon, south London, was held in Pushkar in north-western Rajasthan state last Wednesday for illegally using a satellite phone, his lawyer Prateek Kasliwal said.

He was arrested on suspicion of being a threat to national security and of violating Indian communications laws.

Kasliwal said the adventurer did not know that he needed a permit to use a satellite phone in India. A judge bailed Mr Pag, ordering him to pay a surety of 40,000 rupees (£540) but allowing him to continue travelling while police carry out further investigations.

The eco-activist, who has dual Italian and British nationality, must report back for future hearings, although his lawyer said no date had been set for his next court appearance.

Pag set off from London in September on a round-the-world journey in a scrapyard bus that he has modified to run on biodiesel and used cooking oil thrown away by restaurants.

He said he intended to keep the tank topped up by using oil from chip shops and burger bars along the route through Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Americas.

The adventurer is reporting on how people around the world are addressing the need to use low carbon energy through his website - www.biotruckexpedition.org

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