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US Journalist who made documentary on Shaheen Bagh deported from Delhi Airport

US journalist Angad Singh was deported to New York after he landed in Delhi on Wednesday, his mother, Gurmeet Kaur, said in a Facebook post.

“My son, an American citizen who travelled 18 hours to Delhi to visit us in Punjab, was deported. Put in the next flight back to New York,” Kaur said.

Kaur claimed that her son’s deportation was based on his journalism, as he frequently criticised the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party-led government of India (BJP).

According to a family member Angad, who covers South Asia, was allegedly deported to the US due to his work. A documentary on the Shaheen Bagh demonstration, the focal point of opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was among his recent works.

According to the family members, “The government must be upset due to that documentary.”

Singh also made a documentary on the lethal second wave of Covid in India, which also garnered an Emmy nomination.

Recently, Angad was denied a visa in order to film a documentary about the plight of Dalits in India.

“His request for a visa as a journalist to make a documentary on Dalits in India was rejected recently. Now, he was coming for a family reunion and was on a personal visit. But he was sent back from the Delhi airport,” his family members were quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

The Union home ministry’s sources declined to comment on the claims made by Angad’s relatives. An immigration official stated, “We do not share operational matters with the media.”

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