Madras High Court orders release of Lankan refugee

000gavelA 28-year-old Sri Lankan refugee, who was lodged at the Mandapam refugee camp in India for illegally staying in India, was released following the Madras High Court orders, the Press Trust of India reported.

“Ahamed Iqmal is free to leave for his country with his father, Mohammed Bowser, after the latter paid Rs 32000 today, as per the Court orders, for his son’s illegal stay in India,” customs officials said.

Last week, the High Court had ordered his release from the camp, on payment of the fine for staying in the country without valid documents.

Iqmal was nabbed by the customs officials when he tried to flee India in June, from Dhanushkodi near here with the help of one Selvaraj.

Subsequently, he was imprisoned before being shifted to the Mandapam refugee camp.

His father had then approached the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench seeking his release from the camp for returning to Sri Lanka.

Bowser had contended that his son had lost his documents when he was receiving treatment at Nagore and that he had come to India with proper documents.

The officials were not releasing him though he wanted to go back, he had alleged. (Colombo Gazette)