Now, India denies visa to two Chinese dissidents
Brand-new DELHI: After cancelling Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa’s visa, India has actually denied visas to another Chinese dissident Lu Jinguh and activist Ra Wong who were coming to attend a conference in Dharamshala on democracy and China.
“As fas as Lu Jinghua’s visa is concerned, her documents were illegible and there was inconsistency with the purpose of her visit. Insofar as Ray Wong is concerned, there was data inconsistency in his documents. As such visas were not issued to both these individuals so question of revocation does not arise,” a government source said here.
Lu is a well-known Tiananmen activist, while Ra is a Hong Kong-based activist.
According to reports, Lu claimed that she was told that her visa was cancelled and was stopped from boarding an Air India flight from Brand-new York. She also claimed that she had received am email confirmation for an electronic visa.
Earlier this week, the visa to Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC) who lives in Germany and had been invited for the conference this week being organised by US-based ‘Initiatives for China’, was cancelled. The Indian action was seen by numerous as buckling under Chinese pressure.
Meanwhile, India defended its decision to revoke the visa of Dolkun Isa, saying that he had “suppressed” facts while obtaining it but accepted that China had made its position clear to Brand-new Delhi that it should honour the Interpol Red Corner notice versus him.
“Isa applied for a tourist visa under the electronic travel authorisation system. He was accordingly granted the visa. After obtaining the visa, Isa stated publicly that he was coming to attend a conference in India. A fact which was suppressed in the visa form and something that a tourist visa does not permit.
“Further more it came to the notice of authorities that Isa was subject of a Interpol Red Corner notice,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.