Yashika Bageerathi's deportation to Mauritius delayed

Yashika Bageerathi Image copyright Menha Zola/PA wire
Image caption Yashika Bageerathi was due to be deported to Mauritius without her family

The deportation of a Mauritian student has been delayed after lawyers said they would seek a High Court injunction to block her removal.

Yashika Bageerathi, 19, from Enfield, was scheduled to be on a flight from Heathrow at 17:00 BST.

She was given plane tickets by the Home Office and told to leave or "removal may be enforced".

Lynne Dawes, head teacher at Yashika's school in London, said she had been told she would not be on the flight.

Ms Bageerathi has been in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre since 19 March.

Ms Dawes, from the Oasis Academy Hadley, north London, said: "Yashika was told last night she wouldn't be on the flight.

"Home Office removals has confirmed to our solicitor but we don't know why."

About 100 pupils from the school held a protest in Parliament Square on Saturday against her deportation.

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Image caption Demonstrators gathered in Parliament Square on Saturday to protest at Yashika Bageerathi's deportation

Ms Bageerathi had originally been given tickets to return to Mauritius on a British Airways flight but the airline refused to take her.

She was later issued with tickets for an Air Mauritius flight, which she has been told she will no longer be boarding.

The A-level student came to the UK with her mother and younger brother and sister in 2011 to escape a relative who was physically abusive.

The family claimed asylum last summer but all four now face deportation.

Because of Ms Bageerathi's age, her application was considered separately from the rest of her family and she was facing returning to Mauritius alone.

MP for Enfield Southgate, David Burrowes, said Ms Bageerathi was told late on Saturday night she would not be on the flight leaving the UK as planned but no reason had been given.

A Home Office spokeswoman said they could not comment on individual cases.

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