KATHMANDU: The Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) has returned 76 passengers who were flying to a foreign country on the recommendation of a financial cooperatives institution based in Lalitpur.
TIA Chief Immigration Officer Pushpa Raj Shahi shared that the passengers were returned after their objective to go abroad was not clear. “We sought documents after coming across some suspects. They were scared when we told them that the Department of Immigration (DoI) would ask for information through a letter to the cooperatives. Some of them then returned from the airport voluntarily,” Shahi said.
Around 70% of them were women. According to DoI, they showed a letter from the Lalitpur-based Shuvechha Multi-Purpose Cooperatives Organisation. “This is subjected to investigation for the Department,” Shahi added.
The Immigration Office will inform the DoI and Home Ministry in writing about the incident, he added. The passengers were bound to fly to Dubai on Saturday evening.
(With inputs from RSS)