The Tamil Nadu state government has released a Sri Lankan national who was lodged in the special refugee camp at the Trichy central prison.
Hassan Mohammed, 32, from Kandy was sentenced to prison and lodged in the camp in 2013 for trying to leave the country with a fake passport. He completed his term recently, and appealed to the state government to release him on humanitarian grounds.
In 2013, immigration authorities at the Trichy international airport had found that the passport Hassan produced to travel back to Sri Lanka was a fake, and he was subsequently arrested. He was proven guilty and a Trichy court sentenced him to 13 months of imprisonment under the Foreigners Act and Passport Act. Although he was not a refugee, he was put in the special camp for refugees in the Trichy central prison.
After he completed his term, he appealed to the state government to release him so he can go back to his paralytic father and siblings in Sri Lanka. The state government has to decide on his release since he was arrested under the Foreigners Act.
Agreeing to his plea, the state government passed an order to release him. Regional special deputy tahsildar S Natarajan released Hassan in the morning and sent him to Sri Lanka by flight.
“He was escorted to the Trichy international airport from where he left for Colombo,” Natarajan told TOI.
This is the second time that inmates of the special refugee camp are getting released in the last 30 days. On July 18, the state government released four Sri Lankan refugees who were involved in various crimes in Tamil Nadu. They were allowed to reunite with their families living in various parts of the state.
A total of 14 people are currently lodged in the camp.