The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) has confirmed that the tourist was asked to leave India for a visa violation
Kochi: A tourist from Norway was recently questioned after she shared photos on Facebook from protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act CAA, revealed on Friday in a post that she has been ordered to leave India or face action. An officer from the Bureau of Immigration “showed up” at her hotel and would not leave until she bought a flight ticket home, Janne-Mette Johansson wrote on Facebook.
The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) has confirmed that the tourist was asked to leave India for a visa violation.
Earlier this week, a German student of IIT-Madras was sent back for participating in anti-citizenship law protests on campus.
“A couple of hours back the Bureau of Immigration showed up at my hotel again. I was told to leave India at once, or legal actions would be taken. I asked for an explanation and something in writing. I was said I would not get anything in writing,” Janne-Mette Johansson said in her Facebook post, which was later deleted it.
“The officer from the Bureau is not leaving me before he can see that I have an air ticket. Now soon on my way to the airport. A friend fixing a flight ticket to Dubai and from there catching a flight back home to Sweden,” Johansson shared a post.
Johansson was questioned after she shared photos from an agitation she had joined in Kochi, Kerala. She was told her participation in the protests was a “violation of Visa norms”.
In the morning post, she said she would not post anymore about her India travels and was logging off. “I will not be sharing more on FB during my traveling in beautiful India. I thank all for having followed me on my journey. But now time to be private. I also want you all to know that I am fine. Still in Cochin, but when I know the time is right for me, I will be on my way to New Delhi. Just informing you all so you don’t worry. I thank you all, goodbye my friends! ” she wrote.
“Our inquiry found she has violated visa norms and so she was asked to go back,” said the FRRO, Kochi.
Janne-Mette Johansson caught the attention of the authorities with a Facebook post on Monday. “The People’s Long March was very well organized. No riots, just people determined for raising their voices, saying what has to be said. The police helpful during this agitation march,” she wrote and shared photos that showed her holding up a protest poster.
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