Two Lankans deported from Chennai

Two Sri Lankan women, who arrived at the city airport on Sunday evening by an Air India flight, were deported to Colombo on Monday afternoon.

Airport sources said the duo, Dharmarathinam, 26, and her younger sister Mohanapriya, 25, was sent back as they have been barred from entering the country for one year since February 2012.

The duo, residents of Yazhpanam in northern Sri Lanka, was deported to Colombo in February when they were caught overstaying in the city.

When they landed in Chennai on Sunday evening, immigration officials found that they had visited Chennai in 2010 on a tourist visa and overstayed leading to their deportation earlier this year. As per immigration rules, if a person is deported on charges of overstaying, he/she cannot enter the country for one year from the date of deportation.

Dharmarathinam told the immigration officials that Mohanapriya’s marriage had been fixed with a Lankan refugee, Antony, at Valasaravakkam in the city. She pleaded with the authorities to allow her sister to enter the city for the wedding slated for Tuesday, but was refused by the authorities. (Times of India)