A Pakistani national, who was on a onemonth visit to Chennai and was not supposed to travel anywhere else, surfaced at Rayachoti in Kadapa district, and was promptly arrested on Friday by the police.
Though investigators have found nothing suspicious about Nissar Ahmed so far, the fact that he violated the Visa norms and related permits, led the police to register a case against him. Police also registered cases against his Rayachoti- based friend, Pathan Shakeel Khan.
Nissar Ahmed (42), who hails from Sanghar district in the Sindh province of Pakistan, had left Pakistan for Saudi Arabia a few years ago and worked as an interior decorator at Madina. Later, he developed kidneyrelated ailments and wanted to visit Chennai for treatment. The Jeddah authorities granted him a Visa which was valid for 30 days from July 15. On his arrival in Chennai on July 16, local police allowed him to visit only Global Hospital for treatment and his place of stay. Except the two he was not permitted to visit any other place.
But on August 19 Ahmed left Chennai for Rayachoti where his friend Shakeel resides and decided to celebrate Eid with his family. ‘’He was also in need of money and sought Shakeel’s help. Shakeel had promised to give him Rs 25,000,’’ police sources said. Shakeel too works in Saudi Arabia. He is working as a salesman in a computer shop in the holy city of Mecca and had come home to Rayachoti for Eid.
Nissar was supposed to return to Chennai on August 23 but the police, acting on a tip-off, took him and Shakeel into custody at Bose Nagar in Rayachoti.
They said that though Nissar Ahmed’s visa had expired, he told interrogators that he had applied for extension as his treatment got delayed. ‘’He claims to have applied for extension of his entry/exit visa in Chennai. As per rules, he is supposed to have informed the Kadapa police about his arrival which he did not do deliberately as his visa had expired,’’ sources said.
Confirming the arrest, Kadapa superintendent of police Manish Kumar Sinha said cases were registered against Nissar Ahmed and Shakeel Khan under Section 7 of the Foreigners Order, 1948 read with 14 of Foreigners Act, 1946, and both were remanded in judicial custody.
‘’Shakeel Khan was supposed to inform the local police about Nissar’s arrival in the district which he did not,’’ police said.
To verify his claims, Kadapa police contacted the Global Hospital officials in Chennai who confirmed that Nissar was undergoing treatment there.