Sunny Sharma’s Leighton Avenue business, Best Deli & Food Market, was open Monday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)
Federal immigration officials say Red Bank retailer Sunny Sharma remains in their custody and will be deported, but they’re mum on why and so is his fiancé, who now appears to be running his Leighton Avenue grocery.
Sharma was arrested at his store as a fugitive last Thursday afternoon and “will be removed from the country,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Harold Ort tells redbankgreen.
Agency privacy rules prohibit the disclosure of any additional information regarding Sharma’s whereabouts or the particulars of his case, Ort says. “Fugitive” can mean several things, including ignoring an immigration court order or illegal re-entry into the U.S., Ort says.
Sharma, who lived in Middletown, is a native of India.
Sharma’s business, Best Deli & Food Market, was open its usual hours on Monday, leaving some neighbors wondering what the scene Thursday was about, when Sharma was reportedly taken out of his store in handcuffs.