British MP, Debbie Abrahams, who is also the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir, was denied entry into India as her e-visa had been “rejected” by India. She awaits deportation back to the United Kingdom.

The Member of the British Parliament in a statement claimed that she was “treated like a criminal” and taken to the deportee cell.

Government sources have denied the allegations as “false”.

“She was treated with respect as would have been accorded to any member of parliament,” say sources.

Government sources added, “The e-visa of the British MP was cancelled. She was informed of the revocation on Friday. The status of her e-visa communicated to her clearly says ‘rejected’. She can apply at the nearest Indian mission or apply online for a regular visa.”

Abrahams said that when she arrived at Delhi Airport at about 8:50 am on Monday, she was told that the e-visa that had been issued last October and was valid until October 2020 had been rejected.

“Along with everyone else, I presented myself at the immigration desk with my documents including my e-visa, had my photograph taken and then the official looked at his screen and started shaking his head. Then he told me my visa was rejected, took my passport and disappeared for about 10 minutes. When he came back he was very rude and aggressive, shouting at me to ‘come with me’,” said the British MP in a statement.

She immediately got in touch with a family member in Delhi. She also tried to find out if she could get a visa on arrival.

“Even the person who seemed to be in charge said he didn’t know and was really sorry about what had happened. So now I am just waiting to be deported… unless the Indian Government has a change of heart. I’m prepared to let the fact that I’ve been treated like a criminal go, and I hope they will let me visit my family and friends,” Abrahams said.

Debbie Abrahams is a parliamentarian who is known to be critical of India’s decision on the abrogation of certain provisions of Article 370 in Kashmir.

Her tweet, as she waited to be deported, read, “In response to some of the comments I was planning to visit Indian family in Delhi accompanied by my Indian aide. I became a politician to promote social justice and human rights for all. I will continue to challenge my own government and others while injustice and abuse is unchecked.”

Meanwhile, a British High Commission spokesperson has said that they are in touch with the MP and trying to find out reasons for her visa rejection. “We are in contact with the Indian authorities to understand why Deborah Abrahams MP was denied entry to India. We provided consular assistance to her whilst she was in New Delhi Airport,” the spokesperson said.

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