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The Tamils, whose arrival was noted in Chapter 1, did not travel directly from Sri Lanka. One of them told his story to an Independent reporter: after his neighbour had been killed by shellfire and other neighbours injured he had fled because he feared that he too was in personal danger. He made his way to Colombo but found that it was impossible to get a visa to come to the UK. However, he was told of an agent who said he could help him and his family at a cost of £1,300 per person if they first flew to Malaysia as tourists. The agent would meet them there and provide them with tickets and visas for the UK. They spent ten days in Kuala Lumpur whilst arrangements were made, and then flew to Dhaka in Bangladesh on the first leg of their journey. 'George', the agent, travelled with them.

At Dhaka, George got them boarding passes for the journey to London, but refused to give them their tickets. Later they discovered that George had removed the visa page from their passports.1 This man and his family were just part of the group of fifty-eight Tamils who arrived at Heathrow on Friday 13 February.2 Among the reasons for the strong reaction against them was the fact that an agent had facilitated their travel, they had arrived without tickets and with damaged passports and they had not come directly from Sri Lanka but had travelled through Malaysia and Bangladesh. It was to Dhaka, their last stopover, that it was intended to remove them. This the Tamils objected to on the grounds that Dhaka would be likely to send them back to Malaysia, a country which had recently returned other Sri Lankans to Colombo against their will.3

The Tamils, whose arrival was noted in Chapter 1, did not travel directly from Sri Lanka. One of them told his story to an Independent reporter: after his neighbour had been killed by shellfire and other neighbours injured he had fled because he f
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