Updated: February 9, 2010 21:23 IST

Taslima returns to India, seeks visa extension

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A 2007 file photo of Taslima Nasreen in New Delhi
A 2007 file photo of Taslima Nasreen in New Delhi

Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has returned to India, seeking an extension of her visa.

The 47-year-old writer, who has been a target of Islamic fundamentalists, is currently staying at an undisclosed destination, official sources said.

Taslima had earlier requested for permanent residency in the country, but the government is yet to take a decision on the issue.

Her desire to visit Kolkata has also been turned down, as sources said radical elements may try and harm her.

Earlier, she was dramatically bundled out from West Bengal in November 2007, in the wake of violent protests by radical Muslim groups there.

Taslima has lived in exile in many countries, including France, Sweden, the US and India, since leaving her home in Dhaka in secrecy in 1994.

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