Two Arunachali Archers not allowed to visit China over stapled visa row

Mihu Maselo and Yumi Sorang – two young Arunachali archers in the 24-member national squad, who were given stapled Visas issued on a separate papers by Chinese Embassy, were disallowed from boarding a Guangzhou-bound China Southern Airlines flight at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport by the immigration officials last night, saying they will not be allowed to enter China as they don`t have affixed visa on their passport.

The other members of the 24-strong archery team and six officials has already left for the Youth World Championship to be held at Wuxi in Jiangsu province in eastern China from October 13-21.

China has been in practice of issuing stapled Visas from Indian residents of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, due to territorial disputes.

Mihu Maselo and Yumi Sorang

The two young archers from Arunachal Pradesh – Mihu Maselo and Yumi Sorang

Here’s some of snippets and comments going viral in this connection.

#1. Venkat wrote:
The team should have boycotted the event and no one should have gone. If you are representing India and if your trip is paid by tax payer money then that should have been the decision.

#2. Cukkoo17 wrote:
It is a matter of National Shame! The Association should have boycotted the visit in protest instead of allowing 28 people go.

#3. Ramanand Baliga wrote:
Why do we send our archers/sports people to China? The entire Indian contingent should boycott the event – only if we have political guts and sense.

This is not the first incident — In 2011, two weightlifters belonging to Arunachal Pradesh were prevented by immigration officials from boarding a flight from New Delhi to Beijing since they had such affixed visas issued by the Chinese Embassy on their passports.

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