Tragedy as Man Slumps, Dies After Deportation From UK, Details Emerge

Tragedy as Man Slumps, Dies After Deportation From UK, Details Emerge

  • The family of Sudharsan Ithayachandran has been thrown into deep sorrow following his demise after his deportation
  • Ithayachandran's death has been greeted with a blame game as his family claimed the UK Home Office added to his travails
  • Lou Calvey, the director of the charity Asylum Matters, has reacted differently to the development journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

A Sri Lankan man identified as Sudharsan Ithayachandran is dead. The man reportedly passed away after he was deported to his home country.

Man dies after deportation from UK, family reacts differently
Family blames the UK home office for the man's death. Image of the British Government Home Office for illustration purposes. Photo credit: Jacob Wackerhausen (iStock/Getty Images)
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Sudharsan Ithayachandran, 41, was deported from the UK to Sri Lanka on December 24, 2019, during his wedding anniversary, after admitting to working illegally at Tesco (a British multinational retailer) and using false documents.

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Family faults the UK Home Office

He was sent packing from the UK, leaving behind his deaf wife, Subatra Sudharsan, aged 41, their 9-year-old son Priyan, and 8-year-old daughter Priyanka, The Guardian reported.

As reported by The Punch, the family blamed the Home Office, claiming Ithayachandran was left in deep depression at home owing to his separation from his children. The family added that he was not eating or looking after himself properly.

Reacting to his death, his mother-in-law, Yasadora Nagendra, aged 60, whom he reportedly cared for, described him as “the pillar of the family”.

Also reacting, Lou Calvey, the director of the charity Asylum Matters, said:

"Serious questions must be answered about this heartbreaking case."

How UK Home office reportedly delayed man's return

Meanwhile, the report noted that during an immigration tribunal ruling in November 2023, Judge Bonavero accepted Ithayachandran’s appeal. The judge noted that he was allowed by right to live with his family in the UK.

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The Home Office reportedly delayed making arrangements to process his visa to return to the UK for several months.

Before his death, a legal counsel from MTC Solicitors, Naga Kandiah, his family lawyer, filed a judicial review against the Home Office about the delay in return visa issuance. That was when officials began processing his return to the UK.

The man collapsed in his home

As reported by The Guardian, Ithayachandran was found collapsed at his Sri Lankan home on Sunday, May 19, and died after being taken to the hospital.

Sudharsan Ithayachandran died in Sri Lanka while awaiting his return visa to the UK.

Overseas-bound Nigerian man dies

In another related development, previously reported that a Nigerian man had passed away in his sleep hours after he announced his relocation abroad.

The young man named Okpani Ugochukwu shared what was supposed to be good news with his friends after concluding plans to travel.

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Ugochukwu's plans, however, failed to materialise as he reportedly did not wake up after sleeping the night before his journey.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at with 6+ years of experience. Before joining, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email:

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