6 Indians arrested in SL on charges of visa abuse

Six Indian nationals have been arrested in Sri Lanka`s eastern province on charges of abusing visit visas by indulging in textile trading.

Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 15:14 PM IST

Colombo: Six Indian nationals have been
arrested in Sri Lanka`s eastern province on charges of
abusing visit visas by indulging in textile trading.

The six, who had arrived here on visit visas, were found
engaged in textile trading in the eastern town of Kalmunai,
police said.

They were selling textiles in a roadside market when they
were arrested, police said, adding the six would be produced
before the Kalmunai magistrate.

India is among 78 countries, whose citizens would
not be granted visas on arrival from January 2012.

Sri Lankan authorities, complaining of abuse of the
visa on arrival system, have introduced the electronic travel
authorisation which requires travellers to obtain prior visa
approval to visit the island nation.

Only the visitors from Maldives and Singapore are
exempted.

PTI