Zambian woman, Keltha Twala, dies after being deported from Pakistan

A 29-year old Zambian woman, Keltha Twala, died in Guru Nanak Dev Medical Hospital on Sunday. She was deported by Pakistan officials in absence of a visa.

Twala had arrived Amritsar from Delhi and was on way to Pakistan but she was returned by the country’s immigration officials since she didn’t possess a visa.

Even though she did not have any visa to visit Pakistan, Indian immigration authorities sent her across the border after talking to their Pakistani counterparts, as Pakistan grants on-arrival visa to citizens of several nations.

“However, the Pakistan immigration authorities informed their Indian counterparts that they were not granting her visa and sent her back.But the Indian authorities refused to take her back as their officials had already left the office for the day,” Saini said.

The woman allegedly spent the night on the zero line. Next day, Indian immigration authorities allowed her to return but her health condition did not seem okay.

The district administration admitted her to GNDH. She appeared mentally disturbed and did not allow any doctor to come close to her. She had valid Indian visa and was to depart for her native nation on June 27.

GNDH’s department of medicine head Dr NS Neki, who attended her, said the Zambian national suffered fits as she was being taken for diagnostic tests today. She was immediately rushed to the emergency ward where she died,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said a medical board was being constituted to find out exact cause of her death.

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Source: Financial Express of India

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