India Denies Entry To UK Labour MP
Feb. 17, 2020
Indian officials have denied entry to a British legislator who chairs a parliamentary group focused on the disputed region of Kashmir, after she landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Debbie Abrahams, a Labour MP who was visiting family, was unable to clear customs on Monday after her valid Indian visa was rejected.
Abrahams and Harpreet Upal, her aide, arrived at the airport in India on an Emirates flight from Dubai in the morning.
After presenting her documents, an official “looked at his screen and started shaking his head”, Abrahams said in a statement.
The official then informed her the visa was rejected and left the desk for 10 minutes, she said.
“When he came back, he was very rude and aggressive.”
She then called a relative, who contacted the British High Comission seeking support.
“Just to be clear, I have Indian relatives who I was meant to be visiting with and have Indian members of staff accompanying me,” Abhrahams later tweeted. “The reason I got into politics is advance social justice and human rights for all. I will continue to challenge my own government and others on these issues.”
A spokesman for India’s foreign ministry did not immediately comment.
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