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Mother's tears as A-level student daughter deported to Mauritius

Mrs Bageerathi cries after speaking to her daughter from the plane. Photo: ITV News

A last-ditch attempt to postpone the deportation of A-level student Yashika Bageerathi has failed, and she is currently on a flight back to Mauritius.

After a day of furious political and personal lobbying by her family, school, friends, politicians and campaigners, a last minute injunction to keep her in the country failed, and she was put on an Air Mauritius flight back to the country she fled in 2011.

Video report by Ben Chapman

Shortly before boarding the plane the teenager spoke to her mother, asking her what to do when she landed, and if there would be anyone there to meet her.

In an interview shortly after the call, her mother said she was terrified for her daughter, as there was no one to take care of her in Mauritius.

Watch: Yashika's mother says there is no one to take care of her daughter in Mauritius

A huge online and offline campaign by her supporters urging Air Mauritius not to deport her failed and the company said they regretted the situation, but had no choice but to abide by the UK authorities' decision.

Earlier today her MP, David Burrowes, urged the Home Office to follow their own guidelines and let her remain in the UK to finish her exams. He said the insistence that she go before doing her A-levels was unnecessary and lacking in compassion, whilst the Shadow Home Secretary called for "common sense to prevail" and urged the authorities to intervene on her behalf.

The chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz, called the decision "needlessly cruel" and urged Home Secretary Theresa May to delay the deportation.

Her family, teachers and supporters have vowed to fight to allow her to return to the UK.

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