Notice issued to USA journo to leave India for violating visa norms; to fly his country today

Thoothukudi, Jan 2: A freelance journalist from USA was issued notice to leave India for violating visa norms.

The notice was issued to Mark Scialla on Tuesday after investigations revealed that he violated the visa norms, following which the USA scribe left Thoothukudi to Hyderabad to fly to his country, police said on Wednesday.

Mark Scialla, who works with Internationally reputed newspapers and Television channels, after reaching Thoothukudi on December 27 had interacted with the anti-Sterlite protesters and victims of the police firing for two days. He was under police radar and quizzed by senior police officials for interacting with the key-activists of anti-Sterlite movement.
He came to India on a tourist visa on December 3 and his visa was valid till January 21. He planned to leave India on January 12 after the Thoothukudi visit.

Thoothukudi Superintendent of Police Murali Rambha, who is also the Foreigner’s Registration Officer (FRO) said though no case was registered against Mark Scialla, as he did not engaged in any illegal activities, he had recommended blacklisting the USA journalist to the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) in Chennai.

Mark Scialla admitted to the police that he came to India on a tourist visa to do an article and film on the anti-Sterlite protest, which is a violation of the visa conditions.

The police also directed four anti-Sterlite movement activists, namely Fathima Babu, Raja, Regan and Prince Cardoza to appear before the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Thoothukudi town for an enquiry in connection with their interaction with the USA scribe.

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