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Indian passengers flying Air France allege racial bias

Mumbai, INDIA:Over 50 Indian passengers flying Air France had a “harrowing” time at Paris airport after their aircraft developed a technical problem and complained on Tuesday on reaching here that they were victims of “racial” profiling.

The passengers, who spent 28 hours in Paris, said they were confined to a lounge at the airport there from 10 pm on Sunday till 7 am the next morning and given “hardly any food and water”.

The passengers, on their way to Mumbai from the US via Paris, said while the other Nationals were taken to hotels shortly after their plane returned to the Paris airport due to apparent technical problem following a four-hour flight, Indians were taken to the lounge and given just a bottle of water and a sandwich.

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Giving details of their “harrowing” time, one of the travellers, Vineeta Sengupta said, “No foreigner would have been treated like the way Indians were treated. People were lying down on the floor over there (at a place at the airport) where immigration takes place”.

Accusing Air France of “racial” profiling, a girl passenger said that the officials there even had threatened that they would be handed over to the police if they did not stop protesting.

Sengupta said the 53 to 54 Indian passengers were later “huddled out” of the airport on a “group visa”, which the authorities could have provided much earlier, and taken to a hotel.

No reason has officially been given for the delay.

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Slumdog Millionaire’s Rubina Ali is in the news again. But this time the news is not good. The girl’s father, Rafiq Qureshi has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell his daughter for 200,000 pounds.

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He was arrested after a complaint was filed by Rubina’s biological mother, Khurshida. The 36-year-old man’s ex-wife claimed that she was aware of the matter two weeks ago. She alleged that Rubina, who plays young Latika in Slumdog, was being sold off to a sheikh in Dubai . Based on the complaint, the police took Qureshi for questioning.

They are also trying to get the video recordings of the meeting at which the deal was supposedly brokered. Terming her ex-husband and his new wife Mina as “money-crazy”, Khurshida said the two were desperate to cash-in on the nine-year-old’s fame. Rafiq, however has denied the allegations. Even his daughter has expressed her desire to remain with her dad.


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