27 Indians arrested in Sri Lanka for overstaying tourist visas, say immigration officials

Colombo: At least 27 Indians, including five women, have been arrested for overstaying their tourist visas in Sri Lanka, immigration officials said on Sunday.

A file photo of Sri Lankan army in Tamil majority Northern province. Reuters

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The immigration department's investigation unit had been on the lookout for people overstaying their visas in the Northern Province, they said.

Most of the 27 Indian nationals were arrested in Jaffna, the provincial capital where ethnic Tamils form a majority of the population.

They were arrested while they indulged in business activities in violation of the conditions of their tourist visas, the officials said, adding that they will be deported soon.

Earlier this month, the Colombo Page reported that three Indians were arrested on 11 August in northeast Sri Lanka for illegally staying in the country.

Their identities have not been revealed.

Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 19:09 PM

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