Aug 5 2015
RUSSIAN Airline Aeroflot stops four questionable Muslim students from boarding its flight to Istanbul
Aeroflot refused to take four Muslim students to Turkey from Delhi’s IGI airport on grounds they had doubts about their identities and documents.
UK Daily Mail According to the students, the airline didn’t give any reason but asked the quartet to travel with Turkish Airlines before throwing them out of the terminal building. The students have filed complaints with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Aeroflot.
One of the fliers — Mohd Iqbal Rather, a student of Aligarh Muslim University said: “We reached Delhi airport on Thursday around 1.30am to catch Aeroflot flight number SU 233. When we went to the airline counter, officials told us that we can’t travel to Istanbul with Aeroflot. Later, they asked their colleagues to take us out of the terminal building. We were humiliated despite the fact that we had proper visa, tickets and other documents.”
According to Aeroflot: “We allowed two students but other four were doubtful. They didn’t have luggage, money and original invitation of the conference. When we consulted it with Immigration Department, Immigration Bureau informed us that one of the persons has travelled to Pakistan frequently but was unable to provide proper reason for travelling to that country. Besides, the students were not sure about their duration of stay and details of the conference,” the official said.
Iqbal claims he was traveling with three other students to Turkey to attend a nine-day conference on “Concept of Social Justice in Islam.”