British MP, critic of Kashmir move, send back from Delhi airport
Delhi, Feb 17: A British MP, critical of India’s move to withdraw Jammu and
Kashmir’s special status, on Monday said she was denied entry despite a valid
visa after she landed at Delhi airport and deported to Dubai from where she had
flown into the Indian capital.
Party MP Debbie Abrahams claim that she had a valid visa was rebutted by
India’s Home ministry which said she was informed about her e-visa being
who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir, said she was
travelling on a valid e-visa to India to visit family and friends but her visa
was revoked without explanation.
Home Ministry spokesperson in New Delhi said the British parliamentarian had
been duly informed that her visa was cancelled and she arrived in Delhi despite
contacted, Abrahams told PTI she “had not received any emails before
that, she had been travelling and was away from office.
office in the UK confirmed she was put on a plane to Dubai, which is where she
flew into Delhi from earlier on Monday.
are in contact with the Indian authorities to understand why Deborah Abrahams
MP was denied entry to India. We provided consular assistance to her whilst she
was in New Delhi Airport,” said a British High Commission spokesperson in
e-visa was reportedly issued last October, and was valid until October 2020.
her experience at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, she said in a
statement on Twitter that she arrived here on Monday morning and was informed
that her e-visa been cancelled.
her statement, Abrahams said she had presented herself at the immigration desk
along with her documents and e-visa.
official looked at his screen and started shaking his head. Then he told me my
visa was rejected took my passport and disappeared for about 10 minutes.
he came back he was very rude and aggressive shouting at me to ‘come with me’.
I told him not to speak to me like that and was then taken to a cordoned-off
area marked as a Deportee Cell. He then ordered me to sit down and I refused. I
didn’t know what they might do or where else they may take me, so I wanted
people to see me,” the British MP said.
immigration officer disappeared again, she said, adding that she phoned her
sister-in-law’s cousin who she was going to be staying with.
got in touch with the British High Commission and he tried to find out what was
going on,” she wrote on Twitter.
said later several immigration officials came to her but none of them knew why
her e-visa was cancelled. “Even the person who seemed to be in charge said
he didn’t know and was really sorry about what had happened.”
to Abrahams’ deportation, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor asked why the government
was scared of critics if it claimed the situation in Kashmir was normal.
to the British MP Who Criticised Govt on J&K Stopped At Airport: conduct
really unworthy of a democracy & guaranteed to give us a far worse press
than if she had been admitted,” he said on Twitter.
was among a group of MPs who issued formal letters following the revocation of
Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 in August last year.
are gravely concerned at the announcement by Indian Home Minister, Amit Shah,
that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to
Jammu and Kashmir, has been removed by Presidential Order,” the Opposition
MP had noted in her letter to the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at the