Taslima back in India; taken to unknown place

Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin is back in India for extension of her visa.

New Delhi: Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, who was dramatically bundled out from West Bengal in November 2007, returned here Thursday for extension of her visa which is ending on August 17.

The 46-year-old Bangladeshi writer, who has been a target of Islamic fundamentalists, arrived at the Indira Gandhi International airport in the morning from a European country and was immediately whisked away by security agencies to an undisclosed destination, official sources said.
The future plans of the doctor-turned writer, who shot to fame with her controversial book "Lajja", were not immediately known.

Her visa is valid till August 17. She has been requesting for permanent residentship in the country, but the government has not taken any decision on the issue.

Taslima had left India on March 18 last year for Sweden after she was kept in a safe house in the national capital for more than four months. Taslima, who had not been
allowed to see any visitors during the period, had described her confinement as living in "a chamber of death".

The papers for extending visa of Taslima, who will celebrate her 47th birthday on August 25, had been moved and the nod for the extension was likely to be given by the government soon, sources said. The sources said they were awaiting Government`s order over the future course of action.

She had come in February earlier this year but was asked to leave immediately after visa was granted to her till August 17 because of the general elections in the country.

Bureau Report