Thursday, December 09, 2021

Bangla woman sent back after 2 nights at airport

Kolkata: A Bangladeshi woman spent two nights at the Kolkata airport terminal under detention over visa-related issues before being deported back to Bangladesh on Thursday morning. Travelling on a tourist visa, Tabassum Rahman came to Kolkata on a Biman Bangladesh flight on Tuesday, where her husband was waiting. They had a flight booked for Delhi, but Rahman was stopped by immigration officers after her statements regarding the purpose of visit were inconsistent.

Airport officials said the woman’s husband worked in Austria and the woman wanted to settle with him and so she was even slated for a visa interview at the Austrian Embassy in Delhi. “But the immigration rules do not allow one to undertake any official work while travelling on a tourist visa. Moreover, it was also unclear why she was applying for a Shengen Visa to Austria from India and not from her own country. It is also under investigation if she had planned to make a fake Indian passport while applying for a visa from India,” said an airport official.

The woman was questioned for hours and was held under detention at the airport lounge in the upper arrival area for two nights before she was sent back on a Biman Bangladesh flight to Dhaka.

09/12/21 Times of India

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