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British MP was denied entry because of her ‘anti-India’ activities: officials

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Debbie Abrahams. Photo: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment

Debbie Abrahams, a British MP was denied entry into India due to her indulging in activities which went against India’s national interest, reported The Hindu.

Abrahams, a Labour MP and the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir was denied entry into India on Monday as she was found to not have a valid Indian visa.

According to The Hindu, Abrahams visa was revoked on February 14 and she was informed about it.

“Her e-Business Visa was revoked on 14 February 2020 on account of her indulging in activities which went against India's national interest. The rejection of the e-Business Visa was intimated to her on 14th February,” an official told The Hindu.

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The official added that Abrahams was not in the possession of a valid visa at the time of her travel to India and she was accordingly requested to return.

The Indian government’s move had caused outrage in United Kingdom as politicians and media condemned the Indian regime for barring Abraham’s entry into the country as she speaks in favour of the oppressed people of Kashmir and has strongly condemned Modi for India's anti-Muslim citizenship laws.

Abrahams, who was deported to Dubai, had said the authorities there had taken her passport from her and demanded details of her social media accounts.

She added she had an e-visa valid until October 2020 but was "treated like a criminal" when she arrived in India.

The MP said she believed her treatment was due to her interest in the Indian occupied Kashmir situation where a curfew has been imposed for nearly half a year now after revoking Article 275, although she was visiting India to see members of her family.

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She has been an outspoken critic of the Indian government for its decision to strip occupied Kashmir of its special status.

Shortly after the changes to Kashmir’s status, Abrahams wrote a letter to India’s high commissioner to the UK, saying the action betrayed the trust of the people of Kashmir.

Last August, Abrahams wrote to the UK foreign secretary, saying the parliamentary group was "gravely concerned" about the decision to strip the disputed region of its special status, adding that it "betrayed the trust of the people of Jammu and Kashmir".