Police are looking for two men of Indian origin who the Immigration Department said escaped to avoid deportation, Headline Daily reported Tuesday.
The two men, aged 27 and 35, arrived in Hong Kong from the mainland Sunday on the MTR intercity through train, the department said Monday.
They were refused permission to enter at the Hung Hom control point after immigration officials became suspicious about the purpose of their visit.
Officials arranged for them to take a train back to the mainland that evening.
The two men got onto the train and waited for it to start moving.
But they suddenly dashed out of the carriage, jumped off the platform and then fled as fast as they could along the tracks.
A hunt by immigration officials failed to track them down.
An immigration spokesman was quoted by Ming Pao Daily as saying the department took the case very seriously and has requested that the MTR and law enforcement authorities enhance surveillance at train station platforms.
The department normally hands over people who are being deported back to the mainland to train conductors at the last minute without sending officials to ride with them, as long as they are deemed to have no intent to harm others or are not involved in serious cases, the Ming Pao report said.
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