KATHMANDU, March 1: Shyam Adhikari received Russian visa with the help of an agent a month ago. He paid the agent Rs 400,000 to obtain the visa.
With the help of the same agent, he opted to depart for Moscow from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, and boarded a plane. However, upon reaching Moscow, he was denied entry permit by the immigration officers. In addition, he and three of his other friends were detained at the immigration detention center for three days.
Later, all four of them were deported to Nepal. The immigration officers at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, handed them to the Department of Immigration (DoI) for further investigation. The DoI detained them for 15 days and released them on bail.
Adhikari told Republica that the Russian authorities denied them immigration clearance without giving any reason.
This is one of the representative cases seen at the DoI. According to the DoI, they are receiving at least three to five such deportation cases from Russia in the last few weeks.
In the last month alone, the DoI received around 32 deportation cases from Russia alone. All the Nepalis, who were deported from Russia, however, had valid visas.
Director General at the DoI, Kedar Neupane, said that preliminary investigation of the cases show that almost all the deported Nepalis were trying to enter Europe or get asylum status there by obtaining Russian visa.
"The number of such cases is on the rise. We found that most of them are using Russia as a transit point to enter Europe, America or get an asylum status there itself," Neupane said, adding, "Some even took business visas and when they couldn't furnish adequate papers at the Russian immigration, they were deported."
Director General Neupane even clarified that the DoI has not been able to nab the agents involved in sending remarkable number of youths to foreign countries by taking huge chunks of money.
An official at the DoI, under the condition of anonymity, informed Republica about the surprisingly high number of visas issued by the Russian embassy in Nepal. According to him, around 200 to 300 tourist visas are being issued by the Russian embassy in a day on an average.
"There is plenty of room to question the involvement of agents in the visa processing. They sell the European dream and later dupe the innocent people," the source added. –
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