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Pak family on visit to Amritanandamayi Ashram taken into custody

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Kollam: Five members of a family from Pakistan were taken into custody by the police on Saturday for visiting the Amritanandamayi Mutt near Kollam without permission to travel to Kerala.

Although their visa allowed them to travel only up to Thane in Maharashtra, Kishor Kumar (44), his wife Varsha (40), and their three daughters from Pakistan’s Sindh province had arrived at the mutt on Friday, the police said.

Kumar told the police that he and his family were devotees of Mata Amritanandamayi, the head of the ashram, known world over as "Amma" (mother).

They had come to the spiritual retreat at Vallikkavu near here along with Kumar's brother-in-law, Sumeeth, a resident of Thane in Maharashtra.

It was the ashram authorities who informed the police of their presence.

On scrutiny of their travel documents, the police found that their visa did not allow them to travel beyond Maharashtra.

They were later taken to the City Police Commissioner's office in Kollam for questioning.

A case was registered under the Registration of Foreigners Act and the Pakistan High Commission in India had been informed about the matter.

PTI

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