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Sri Lanka arrests Norwegian Tamil poet for violation of visa regulations

2013 Nov 26

Sri Lanka police had arrested Sri Lanka born Norwegian Tamil poet V.I.S. Jeyapalan for violating visa regulations.

Sri Lanka police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said Jeyapalan who was in the country on a tourist visa has been arrested for holding seminars in Jaffna,

Under Sri Lanka's immigration regulations tourist visa holders cannot engage in political activities or employment.

Jaffna born Jeyapalan, who is a popular Sri Lankan Tamil poet, had held seminars while he was in the island under tourist visa. He is also accused of engaging in business activities.

The police spokesman said the Tamils living outside the country can visit any place in the island but they cannot be allowed to disrupt the peace and normalcy in the country.

Jeyapalan acted in several Indian movies and he was awarded Indian National Award for his acting in Tamil movie Aadukalam. Jeyapalan presently lives in Norway. He is expected to be deported today.

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