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Air India staffer sheltered Afghan national,Immigration tells police

Police have sought reply from national carrier; Immigration official says Afghan’s visa had run out.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: February 10, 2012 2:24:43 am

The Delhi Police has sought a reply from Air India after one of its employees allegedly “sheltered” an Afghan national who had overstayed in India despite deportation orders from the Immigration department.

Samad Khan,the Afghan national,has been sent to the Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRRO) detention unit in Lampur. Air India officials said that an inquiry into the matter was on.

Khan arrived on December 26 last year by Air India flight AI 224 from Kabul and approached Immigration authorities for entry permission.

“The passenger,holding a passport valid till 9/5/2015,approached my counter for immigration clearance for entry into India with an Indian visa valid up to 26/12/11. As the visa of the passenger was expiring on the same day,I refused him entry,” the immigration official said in his complaint to the police.

A notice was prepared under Para 6 of the Foreigners Order,1948,and handed over to one of the airline staff along with the passenger’s passport and he was told to consult the airline.

Police said the “staffer was given directions to remove Samad Khan out of India by the same flight or the first available flight and was also told that failing to comply with this direction,the airline shall be liable for action under the Foreigners Act 1946”.

The complaint said,“The station manager of the airline concerned assured that they were sending the passenger back to Afghanistan.”

However,on January 2,Khan went to the Afghan cell of the FRRO office at RK Puram and sought extension of visa. The passenger,police said,also produced the said Para 6 notice before the authorities.

“Since the passenger did not have a valid entry into India or a valid visa,he was apprehended and sent to a detention home at Lampur,Delhi,for deportation,” said a senior police officer.

The police complaint further said,“Despite oral and written direction in the notice,the airline concerned (did not comply). Thus,the airline staff concerned contravened the Indian Foreigner Act,1946. The airline staff has also not kept his word (assurance) given to Immigration. A case against the airline under Sections 13,14 of the Foreigners Act,1946,and IPC may please be registered.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport) R A Sanjeev said,“A case has been registered. We have sought a reply from Air India and will take the required action.”

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