'QUIT INDIA' NOTICE SERVED TO PAKISTANI FAMILY
Updated 2013-08-11 16:25:49
Five members of a Pakistani Hindu family were taken into custody in the Indian state of Kerala's Kollam city by Karunagapally police for traveling without permission and without proper documents.
According to Indian news website, The Times of India, the family was produced before City Police Commissioner Debesh Kumar Behera on Saturday where they were served with a 'Quit India' notice under the Foreigners Act.
"There are no allegations against them. They were booked for visa violation. They will be produced before court next morning," Debesh Behera said.
The arrested Pakistanis, reportedly hailing from Balochistan province, included a man Kishore Kumar, his wife, and three children.
Kumar's family had stayed back in Pakistan during partition whereas his wife, who belonged to Ulhasnagar area in Thane district of Indian Maharashtra state, had moved to Pakistan after marrying Kishore.
The family had arrived in India on a tourist visa to visit their relatives and were issued permission to travel only within Thane district of Maharashtra.
Police sources said that the family was travelling without passports which was also a violation of the Foreigners Act in addition to their travel outside Thane district of Maharashtra.
Kumar and his family were accompanied by his brother-in-law, an Indian citizen, and were travelling to Amritapuri city in Kerala state in order to visit Mata Amritanandamayi Math when the math authorities found out that the family was travelling with improper documents and informed the police about the incident.
Police registered a case against the family and would later produce them before the Karunagapally Magistrate Court today where the family's date of departure would be decided.
Those served with 'Quit India' notice are normally given a week's time to leave the country.
Kumar claimed to be a devotee of Amritanandamayi and said that he had been attending her programmes abroad as well.
He also said that he was not unaware of the mandatory laws regarding the Foreigners Act.