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29 November 2023

UAE salesperson stranded in India after visa page disappears from passport

By VM Sathish

An Indian expat who went on leave is now stranded in India after finding that the UAE visa page from his passport has disappeared.

Hassan Kutty, an Indian salesperson of a supermarket in Abu Dhabi took a flight to the Mangalore International Airport on July 24, 2015.

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When he was trying to return to the UAE after a few months, he wasn’t allowed to board the flight because the visa page in his passport was missing.
Other passengers travelling through Mangalore International Airport have also alleged that their passports have been tampered with in the past.
Hassan Kutty vaguely remembers that an official asked for his passport while he was waiting for his baggage, and returned it after some time.

He says he did not feel the need to check the passport at that time. He has now approached the concerned authorities with the complaint.

Earlier, an Indian daily 'The Times of India’ reported that some leading international companies in Bangalore have been alerting their employees to be careful at airports in India.

“Such cases are vaguely reported and it is not happening on a wide scale,” said an official from a leading travel agency in Dubai.