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Teenage Student Yashika Bageerathi Deported
A teenager at the centre of a deportation battle has left the UK on a plane to Mauritius.
The removal of student Yashika Bageerathi has gone ahead after a last-minute attempt to secure an emergency injunction failed.
The 19-year-old is being flown back by Air Mauritius, which has issued a statement saying it "regrets this situation".
Her headteacher Lynne Dawes told Sky News the teenager had been put on the plane at Heathrow surrounded by four security guards.
She said: "I just can't believe they are sending her home.
"I thought some compassion would be shown."
Her tearful mother had pleaded with the authorities to allow her to stay to complete her A-levels.
"Do not force her like that to be alone," she told Sky News.
And supporters have vowed they will fight for her to be able to return.
Earlier, a judge at London's Law Courts had rejected an application to halt her removal, in order to give her legal team more time to take her case to the Court of Appeal.
Such stay orders are granted only if a judge decides the case raises issues which are arguable and merit a further hearing.
A spokesman for the teenager's school, Oasis Academy Hadley, in Enfield, north London, said they were extremely disappointed at the judge's decision.
He said: "We thought there was a solid legal case for her to stay while she finished her A-levels.
"It's worrying the legal system doesn't reflect the heart of the people of this country."
There had been calls for Air Mauritius not to take her on the plane.
In a statement, the airline said it had not been in a position previously to take Miss Bageerathi as not all conditions had been met.
But it subsequently received a "directive" from the UK authorities on April 1.
The statement said: "All conditions having been satisfied, the company had no other choice than to abide by the directive.
"The company has taken all steps to ensure that the flight of Miss Bhageerathi takes place in the best possible conditions.
"Air Mauritius regrets this situation, but as all airline companies cannot but abide by decisions taken by relevant authorities."
Miss Bageerathi's MP David Burrowes said he was "deeply disappointed" by the deportation order.
The A-level student has been held at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire since March 19.
A campaign against her deportation has attracted around 175,000 signatures to an online petition.
She has already had two late reprieves from deportation after airlines apparently refused to fly her home.
Immigration Minister James Brokenshire told MPs he would intervene only in "exceptional" cases, and this did not fall into that category.
He said her case had been through the proper legal process and resulted in a Home Office decision that she does not need protection from violence or persecution.
Miss Bageerathi came to the UK with her mother, sister and brother in 2011 to escape a relative who was physically abusive and claimed asylum last summer.
She was due to take her A-level exams next month.