Indonesian immigration is accused in assault of 10 Nepalese tourists
A tour and travel agency has made shocking allegations of extortion and abuse by an immigration official at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport towards 10 Nepali citizens.
Authorities say they are currently investigating the allegations.
In a letter issued by Samsara Holidays Pvt. Ltd, the tour and travel agency that handled the visas for the 10 Nepalese travelers, the agency’s managing director Ramesh Parajuli wrote that they managed the flight of 20 Nepalis from Kuala Lumpur to Bali on a Malaysia Airlines flight that landed at noon.
According to the letter’s account, the incident began while the 10 travelers were queuing for the immigration counter when an immigration officer in uniform came up to them.
Parajuli says the officer asked them for their passports and gathered them in a room. There, the officer allegedly asked for USD200 per person, a request which they denied.
When they asked what the fee was for, the officer allegedly physically attacked the tourists, with at least two of them suffering minor injuries.
Hoping to avoid further harassment, they then attempted to give him USD100 per person, and he finally allowed them to leave the room.