Conspiracy by Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India

I got this by email. Not sure if this is true and valid or just another rumor. Anyway, I thought posting it here would be good. It’s always good to be cautious. 😐

Be Careful At the Indian Airports, This is a well-organized conspiracy by Indian Immigration, Police, Customs and Air India staff with networking at all the Indian International Airports. Be watchful whenever you give your passport to Immigration/ Customs/Air India staff. The passport can be easily tampered and can create trouble to you. They have found easy way of making money from NRIs. This is the way it works:

At the time of the passenger’s departure, if the passenger is not looking at the officer while he is stamping the exit, the officer very cleverly tears away one of the page from the passport. When the passenger leaves the immigration counter, the case is reported on his computer terminal with full details. Now all over India they have got full details of the passenger with Red Flag flashing on the Passport number entered by the departure immigration officer. They have made their money by doing above. On arrival next time, he is interrogated. Subject to the passenger’s period of stay abroad, his income and standing etc., the price to get rid of the problem is settled by the Police and Immigration people. If someone argues, his future is spoiled because there are always some innocent fellows who think the honesty is the basis of getting justice in India. Which is wrong….

Please advise every passenger to be careful at the airport. Whenever they hand over the passport to the counters of Air India, or immigration or the customs, they must be vigilant, should not remove eyes from the passport even if the officer in front tries to divert their attention. Also, please pass this information to all friends, media men and important politicians. Every month 20-30 cases are happening all over India to rob the NRIs the minute he lands. Similar case has happened with Aramco’s Arifuddin. He was traveling with his family. They had six passports. They got the visa of America and decided to go via Hyderabad from Jeddah. They reached Hyderabad. Stayed about a month and left for the States. When they reached the States, the page of the American visa on his wife’s passport was missing. At the time of departure from Hyderabad it was there, the whole family had to return to Hyderabad helplessly. On arrival at Bombay back, the police caught them and now it is over 2 months, they are running after the Police, Immigration officers and the Courts. On going in to details with him, he found out the following: One cannot imagine, neither can believe, that the Indian Immigration dept can play such a nasty game to harass the innocent passengers.

All the passengers traveling to & fro India via Bombay and Hyderabad must be aware of this conspiracy. Every month 15 to 20 cases are taking place, at each mentioned airport, of holding the passengers in the crime of tearing away the passport pages. On interviewing some of them, none of them was aware of what had happened. They don’t know why, when and who tore away. the page from the middle of the passport. One can imagine the sufferings of such people at the hands of the immigration, police and the court procedures in India after that. The number of cases is increasing in the last 2-3 years. People who are arriving at the immigration, they are questioned and their passports are being held and they have to go in interrogations. Obviously, the conspiracy started about 2 to 3 years ago, now the results are coming. Some of the Air India counter staff too is involved in this conspiracy.


Note: I would like underline that I do not know how much of this is actually true.

  1. #1 by A real Indian on July 30, 2007 - 4:22 pm

    Thanks for this article,
    you are absolutely right. We must be more vigilant.
    Indian red tape, bureaucracy and corrupt police is a worldwide known phenomenon. It reflects very very miserably and poorly on honest indian people both inside and outside their country. This must be investigated by the interpol, FBI and the highest authorities in the world. It is utterly shameful that they do this. I wish they get punished for taking innocent people for a ride. They must not go scot free. This may or may not be true but it exists. Also US authorities must be warned of all these issues.

  2. #2 by Anil on October 2, 2007 - 11:08 am

    i dont think that’s true..esp where it says that the whole department works like that..

    its probably a hoax email.. but yes there is no harm to be vigilant.. Passport is a very important document in any case..

  3. #3 by PDalvi on February 6, 2008 - 11:37 am

    It’s a shame that we believe nonsense like this. When we have Indians believing in this and spoiling the name of India, do we really need enemies?

    No police complaints have been registered about this, no TV channel has put forward an expose, no newspaper has written about it. There is an anonymous email and viola, Indians believe it.

    Now, let’s look at logic. Aramco is based in Saudi. Arifuddin would have been their standard blue collar employee. Now, why would they send him to the US? And that too with his family?

    Secondly, if a page is ripped, immigration officers at the counter have the capability to ‘patch’ up the passport and require you to get a new passport upon return to India or from a consulate wherever you are going.

    Indians – please stop being stupid and broadcasting your stupidity to the entire world

  4. #4 by chandra sekhar on May 1, 2008 - 3:59 pm


    It happened to my brother (who is indian citizen). He has 10 year multiple entry US Visa. and the page was torn by the immigration person in India first time he visited USA. The immigration official in Amsterdam found this to be torn and said as a precaution do not visit USA. Since my brother had a Canadian visa also, he changed his flight to Toronto and then went to the border in Niagara falls and checked with the US official at the border. The US official verified the passport and said it is OK since most of the visa number is still visible. Now he is going through the pain of applying for a new American visa. Crazy immigration people….We should all be aware of this fraud.

    My brother travelled out of the Bangalore airport.

  5. #5 by Nitin on July 15, 2008 - 11:25 pm

    Pdalvi must not have come across this unethical situations and is evident from the answer, Officials in India are very well capable of this there should be a fool proof process all across India to enter and leave the country with a good experience, I am an Indian and I am very sorry to know that there is no trust in left in any process be it Immigration or Government officials. I am really looking at some positive suggestions for changes that can be done in this grave situations as being careful is not the only solution.

    Dissapointed Indian – Nitin

  6. #6 by kris on July 27, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    I agree with what is happening at the airport. The interesting thing to observe is there is no closed circuit camera system at any of the airports near the immigration. how come it is so when security is so important? making money by officers (corrupt) is very easy this way.

    are you an Immigration officer??? What real world do you live in?

  7. #7 by Bryce Mcgain on August 24, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    Pdalvi is an idiot. Indian IT Professionals are intelligent, smart and very capable of solving any problems under the sun. Otherwise there is nothing to write about India. Indian immigration, customs and police are corrupt to say the least and their main aim is harassment of innocent passengers and air travellers. India is a country where human rights are not respected and people are treated like animals. Pdalvi works for Indian immigration.

  8. #8 by AbuDhabi on September 1, 2008 - 5:06 am

    in reply to PDalvi:
    This is not at all nonsense, people are still getting harrassede at indian airports… only aim is to show their position and grab some money from the innocent passengers.
    regarding aramco employee.. it is based in Saudi, what ever he works blue collar or red collar, aramco does not provide visit visas but by US consulate in there..

    the page torn is torn.. they dont patch.. they just throw it away… and handover the passport to the passenger…

    YOU STOP BEING STUPID instead of advising others not to be vigilant..

  9. #9 by Firoz Khan on September 2, 2008 - 8:02 am

    PDalvi is not aware the reality on mumbai and other indian airports..once is he/she face such problem then they will understand. if you are talking about deshbhkati and pertiotism then plz for god sake go and watch out what happen when a flight lands..not all the dept but entire depeartmets are involved in such rakets and equal share of amount is distributed to all. so please guys wake up and do some thing so that we will get ride of this basterds

  10. #10 by Bobby samuel on October 6, 2008 - 8:40 am

    PDalvi u r an idiot,i am the latest member who has suffered this corruption ,i know how it feels to be humilated in this scenario esp.when you are happily entering your own country without being aware that Immigrations and others working at Airport are waiting for your arrival more eagerly then your own famuily members so that whatever you have earned they can cough out.

  11. #11 by anil on October 17, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Let me confirm the facts about the above mentioned article. I am a victim of the above mentioned fraud. On Feb 11th 2004 I was to travel to Muscat from Mumbai Airport. During immigration check the Officer asked me to come to a side room. He told me that a page was missing from my passport. He asked me whether I knew where the page was. I replied in the negative. I was detained & sent to the Sahar Police Station. At the station a cop said that it was a grave crime & I could be in a lot of trouble. He said he could arrange for a lawyer & could get me off the hook in a days time. A hefty fee was charged from me. Since I had to get back I agreed to the same. Next day they presented me in court & got me released on bail. Till date I have not received my passport back as it is evidence in court & the matter is to come up for hearing. Please check your passport when u leave the counter. If you find the page in your passport missing, apply for a fresh passport. Never agree to a cop to arrange for u a lawyer. If the cops find out first at the immigration, then there is no way out than fighting in the courts.


  12. #12 by vpatel on January 7, 2009 - 7:14 pm

    That’s true.. I had a good experience at Mumbai Airport when I was leaving to Toronto via Air India. immigration officer was asking Me for police clearance on passport which was about to get in rule after 3 months. I had My police clearance paper in My hand when I went to him but he was like no it wont be accepted anymore! & if I want to board then I’ve to pay him in $. I asked him if he want 1000 Rs. or something he says no I want $.. lol. I said I dont have it on hand. but My bad luck I bought $ from travel agency & they mentioned that in My passport. I had to pay $200 for nothing as I was in rush!!!!!!! immigration officers really sucks in India.

  13. #13 by Bosco on February 1, 2009 - 6:03 am

    Dear Fellow Citizens,

    I got this email message a couple of times and, being an NRI, my frank opinion is to be vigilant. Nothing to lose if you are little vigilant while passing through our airports which are, after all, not “heavens” as we all know well. Besides, if possible, make a photo copy of your Visa stamped page and keep it with you that could also be a “helping hand” if at all you are thrown into such kind of “nasty tactics” by the officials. Nothing to loose if your eyes are little wide opened while you are in the airport because as the say goes by “Prevention is Better than Cure”.

  14. #14 by jai mata di on May 21, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Dear all,

    i am surprised to know that other airports have the same problem of corruption…………actually the officials treat the travellers as a atm card ……….get money any time …… i used to travel through netaji subhash chandra airport calcutta……………….and i used to think that it only happens with me ……..but now i come to know that there are many more………… me having the same or even more than me////…………………may god help us and give those officers the brain of humanity and wisdom………….not only money………………..

  15. #15 by jai mata di on May 21, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    yes bosco i agree with you thanks

  16. #16 by jai mata di on May 21, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    mr vpatel as far as i think they cant stopyou if you take a stand………. ……… can simply bargain with them ………if they say 500 hundred say 50 rs …………they will accept it after some discussion ……………….thanks

  17. #17 by Gurdas on July 30, 2009 - 10:20 pm

    chandra sekhar and anil,

    While caution is advised and one must be vigilant at all times, the skeptic in me wants proof that this is not a hoax. The two of you say this has happened to you or a family member. Can you post enough details (like case number in the court) or a scan of the police report to prove your point for the public good? I would love to verify if this is not a hoax, and your help will be appreciated.

    And stop hunting PDalvi. He/She may be wrong on some points, but I second him/her on the doubts raised because this has never been reported by any news channel. And we know how much news channels love spicy stories, so I really do not see them passing this over.

    – A honest Indian who is not afraid of accepting our shortcomings, and yet proud of the good that is there.

  18. #18 by Sceptic on August 17, 2009 - 11:13 am

    1. I too got this thing in my mailbox many years ago.

    2. According to the story, when the ‘victim’ gets caught, he/she does not get to be interrogated by the same officer who originally damaged the passport. So why would any officer – no matter how corrupt – bother to do something illegal if he/she himself is not going to reap the rewards? If he is to reap the rewards on a sharing basis, it would have to be an stunningly organised, large syndicate. Would it have gone unnoticed for soooo long?

    3. Don’t abuse someone just because you don’t agree with them. That only shows your fascist, uncivilised side.

  19. #19 by bernard on September 27, 2009 - 6:01 am

    similar incident when entering indonesia going to bali. we got the visa and paid for it but when leaving the country one of the immigration paper was missing in my wife’s passport
    we paid 100$ to go through custom.

    I knew it was a scam but a low price for piece so I paid. it is part of the deal when you visit un-developed countries i guess, it probably happens to many people.

    I feel horrified when this happens to the extend of the jail sentence etc… a bit like we have in thailand where i live when officers arrest you for stealing in the duty free shop when in fact the shop assistant acted as he was giving you a free item and you got caught leaving with it as stolen as it was not on your docket…

    many people got caught in thailand like this until recently the new government got involved to stop it

  20. #20 by Robert on October 9, 2010 - 8:34 pm

    I have experienced Indian immigration officers are the most unpolite people. I do know it is in the gene of indians. I am Indian but I have been living abroad for several years now. I have travel back and fort to india and abroad. I always expereince the officers and the people who are closely working with them try to get money, and always try to ask money when you carry something worth. They are so bad, even the police are are for bribe.

  21. #21 by suresh on December 6, 2010 - 5:21 am

    Similar incident happend to me on 15 oct 2010 at Cochin Intl Airport while i was about to travel to Dubai. When i talked the rules and regulations and not willing to give money the Emmigration official seized my passport and it was forwarded to the Regional Passport office. Till now i didnt receive the passport and i have also lost my job because i was not able to join my duties on time.

    Pl be careful and advise your friends & relatives who are travelling abroad or otherwise you can be a victim like me.

  22. #22 by sue on April 10, 2011 - 2:29 am

    Copy the pages out of your passport before you travel. Have it notarized if you can. Then, still be vigilant of the immigration officers. Avoid those airports in question if you can.

    Sharing this article may cause more corrupt officials to try this ill practice…

  23. #23 by Anil Patel on August 6, 2011 - 9:10 am

    hey guys
    Thanks for more useful info present here. I completely agreed on this. There are several crapy custom and police officers are involved in this activity. Recently, my very close friend was victim of this from here at New Zealand.
    I am not sure if this will get sorted in future. It’s big shame on Indian government.

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    Ok, this has to my friend’s aunt.. Can you plz advice what is the solution to it

  25. #25 by Santhana Selve Muthu on July 21, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    Ok, this has happened to my friend’s aunt.. Can you plz advice what is the solution to it

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