US broadcaster deported from India

New Delhi, Sept 24 (TruthDive): Radio broadcaster and founder-director of Alternate Radio, David Barsamian was deported from New Delhi airport on Friday. He had come on a tourist visa and was to leave for Kashmir to study the issue of two thousand unmarked graves. In November 2010 US academic Professor Richard Shapiro was denied entry by the immigration authorities in New Delhi. Shapiro is the chairman and associate professor of the Department of Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. He is the husband of Angana Chatterji, co-convener of the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir. In May this year, J-K government deported human rights activist Gautum Navlakha from Srinagar airport.

Association of Parents of Parents of disappeared persons spokesperson said that David after reading a State Human Rights report on the unmarked graves had informed him that he would visit the valley next week. Immigration officials cite the reason for deportation as violation of laws .David during his previous visit he came on a tourist visa and later wrote reports on human rights violation in Kashmir. This is not permitted since he did not come on a journalist visa. David visited India in 2008 and in Febuary this year. He also delivered lectures.

He made a call to Pandit Dehu Chaudhri who is his sitar guru. Pandit said that he sounded shaky and was glad that  his life is  safe. Noted Documentary filmmaker Sanjay Kak said that he received a email which said that he was  sad and furious and so tired.

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