Bhatkal: A Bhatkal student trying to board a Sharjah flight was stopped by the Immigration authorities at Bengaluru airport on 10 June, for being a resident of Bhatkal.
The passenger, Arsalan Ahmed Qazi said that authorities asked him whether he knew Yaseen Bhatkal. When his reply was negative, he was told that his passport details need to be verified.
He was also told to wait and later his passport was returned only after two hours. By then, his flight Air Arabia had taken off.
Arsalan is a student of Jamia Islamia (madrasa) in Bhatkal.
He was visiting his parents in Dubai on visit visa to spend his vacation.
Arsalan said that he purchased another ticket and his flight is scheduled to take off at 4:35 am on Thursday June 11.
Back in Bhatkal, people expressed their anger on the attitude of the officer and the discriminatory treatment meted out to one of their own. They are pressurizing Tanzeem (local social organisation) to take up the matter.