Itanagar: Notwithstanding Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s assurance on the stapled visas issue, two sportsmen from Arunachal Pradesh were given such travel documents that prevented them from boarding a flight today to Beijing.
Indian Weightlifting Federation’s Joint Secretary Abraham K Techi along with a weightlifter of the state were taken aback when immigration officials at New Delhi’s IGI Airport stopped them and turned the two men away because of the stapled visas issued by the Chinese Embassy.
Techi and the weightlifter, who were to visit the country at the invitation of Chinese Weightlifting Association president Menguang for the January 15-17 China Weightlifting Grand Prix at Fujian province, thereafter got in touch with the Chinese Embassy.
The Chinese officials at the Embassy informed me that the ‘right’ visas have been issued to us, Techi told.
“This is an insult and unnecessary harassment to Arunchalees,” Techi said.