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Over stayers engaged in unethical conversion: minister

17 December 2015 11:22 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Five foreigners who were arrested for overstaying their visas had engaged in unethical conversion of people of various faiths in the country, it was alleged in Parliament today.

As many as 402 foreign nationals who had illegally stayed in Sri Lanka after coming into the country using tourist visas had been arrested this year, Home Affairs Minister S. B. Navinna told Parliament.

The Minister, who was responding to an oral question raised by MP Buddhika Pathirana, said three foreign nationals have been found begging on the streets after coming into the country using tourist visas.

He said five had been arrested for unethical conversion of people belonging to various faiths.

The Minister said the over stayers were from countries such as India, France, Italy, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, Bangladesh and the US.
According to data revealed by the Minister, 159 out of a total of 402 had been from India and 107 from China. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 5

  • Lanka Thursday, 17 December 2015 08:25 PM

    So, these people get on a plane travel all that far to beg for a rupee? Something is wrong in this picture!

    Leo Saturday, 19 December 2015 11:30 AM

    If Australians are here for religous reasons they will not over stay thats a fact. Its only undignified politiceans who make such claims of which SL is over flowing with. Many Sri Lankans are longing to migrate to Australia is it to go there and beg Likewise why come to SL to beg Just an uneducated remark by an uneducated. via DM Android App

    Devendra Saturday, 19 December 2015 11:57 AM

    Indians engaged in gold and drug smuggling. Chinese with residence visas engaged in prostitution and smuggling "vallapatta" and elephant tuskers. Authorities concerned must take action.

    Sammy Saturday, 19 December 2015 01:29 PM

    These people could have connections with ISIS. Sri Lanka should take great precaution.

    Anil Friday, 18 December 2015 09:02 AM

    They would have been brought down for road construction projects and stayed back or were left behind.

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