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`Nepal govt ignorant on deportation of Nepalese student`

Last Updated: Friday, January 1, 2010 - 19:12

Kathmandu: The deportation of a Nepalese student from Pune`s FTII for alleged "anti-India activities" has sparked speculation of a marital discord, but authorities here on Friday said they are yet to hear from India on the matter.

Indian Home Ministry has sought a report from the Maharashtra government over the deportation of Neetu Singh, a fourth year student undergoing editing course at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on December 5, for alleged "anti-India activities".

Pune DCP (Special Branch) Ravindra Sengaonkar had said the decision to deport her was taken after she was found involved in "anti-national activities".

However, Nepalese authorities said they have no information regarding the deportation of Neetu, wife of an influential Nepali Congress leader. Her husband Amaresh Singh is a former lawmaker from the Nepali Congress party, which is a key partner in the 22-party coalition here.

We have no idea about the deportation of Singh, Home Ministry spokesman Jaymukunda Khanal said, adding The Government of India had not yet informed the government of Nepal on the matter.

Nepali Congress Vice-President Gopal Man Singh, when contacted, expressed ignorance about the action taken by India against Neetu.

The couple had married just two and half year ago and their wedding was attended by VIPs, including then Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. Her relations with her husband is learnt to have soured in recent time.

Women’s groups and her colleagues in Delhi allege that she was deported against her wishes at the behest of her powerful husband, reports here said.

Amaresh is also learnt to have brokered negotiations between the Nepal Maoists and the government of India on different occasions, according to Nepali Congress sources.

However, Neetu could not be contacted for her comment. Indian Home Ministry sources said a report has been sought from the Pune police because the authorities have "exceeded" their brief in the deportation of Neetu.

The Pune DCP has refused to divulge further details of the case which has been taken up by All India Democratic Women`s Association (AIDWA), alleging that Neetu`s deportation was ordered by the police at the instance of her husband.


First Published: Friday, January 1, 2010 - 19:12

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