Door pushed in during abode raid

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 12:00am

Immigration and police officers broke down a failed abode seeker's front door in Tsuen Wan yesterday during their seventh house arrest operation.

Ninety-six officers raided 15 premises and arrested four failed abode seekers - three men and a woman aged between 23 and 48.

During the operation they broke down the door of the woman after failing to persuade her to let them in during a 45-minute standoff.

Yesterday's operation brought the total number of abode seekers arrested at their homes to 44.

The 44 are among 680 failed abode seekers who have voluntarily returned or been forcibly removed to the mainland since the grace period ended on April 1.

Vice-chairman of an abode seekers' parent group Ngan Siu-lai criticised the officers for breaking down the door. 'It's so shameless. Is that necessary? You can arrest them on the street. We're only fighting for family reunion,' Ms Ngan said.

It was the third time that immigration officers had resorted to breaking down doors since the house-arrest operation began on May 8.