Indian authorities at Munabao border check post have taken action against 24 Pakistani nationals for possessing visas that had been illegally tampered with.
Eight Pakistanis who had planned to travel to the neighbouring country via Munabao were denied entry while 16 others were arrested while returning from India. All of them possessed visas that had been illegally tampered with, officials at the Indian High Commission here said.
The visas had been obtained legally and then subsequently tampered with, the officials said. "In some cases, cities had been illegally added to the visas," an official said.
The Indian authorities at Munabao had taken action against the 24 Pakistani nationals on April 19.
"Enquiries made by the High Commission establish that all of them were travelling on visas that had been tampered with," said an official statement.
The statement said modern technology made it easier to detect forgeries on visas. "Therefore, Pakistanis who either use visas forged by touts or tamper with visas issued by the High Commission will find that they will be refused entry or be arrested on entry, since these are criminal offences in India as they are in all countries," it said.
The Indian High Commission also urged Pakistanis "not to travel to India on visas that have either been forged or tampered with".