The Indian media has reported today that Nepal has refused to grant refugee status to close associates of former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka, residing in the country.
The Hindustan Times has reported that Sri Lankans who worked with Fonseka during his presidential campaign have been reportedly staying “semi-underground” in Kathmandu for the past few months -seeking asylum in Nepal.
The Nepal government has however turned down the request.
“This information is news to me and this is the first time such a thing has happened. We have written to the foreign ministry to seek their directives,” Thosapala Hewage, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Nepal, has told the Hindustan Times.
When contacted the Ministry of External Affairs in Sri Lanka was yet unaware of this development.
A report in Tuesday’s The Kathmandu Post has reportedly stated that the asylum seekers who had fled Sri Lanka following Fonseka’s electoral loss and amid fear of retribution by the present regime could be arrested soon.