Centre cancels Taslima Nasreen's resident permit, author shocked

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New Delhi, July 31: Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Thursday expressed displeasure over the Indian government's cancelling her resident permit and issuing a temporary tourist visa for two months.

Nasreen, who has been living in India since 1994 after fundamentalist outfits in Bangladesh threatened her to leave the country, said the Indian government's decision was something she had never imagined.

The 51-year-old author had applied for a resident permit and the Home Ministry granted her the same type of visa but only for two months starting August 1.

Nasreen, who has been receiving Indian visa since 2004, expressed shock

The government also initiated verification of Nasreen's application for the visa. Sources in the ministry said a decision would be taken once the verification process was completed.

A citizen of Sweden now, the Bangladeshi author has received Indian visa continuously since 2004. She has spent her life in the USA, Europe and India in the last two decades and many a time she expressed a desire to make Kolkata her permanent home. But she was forced to leave Kolkata in 2007 after a section of Muslims took to violence to protest her works.

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