From time to time, there have been reports of customs/immigration officials at the airports in Mumbai and Hyderabad deliberately tearing or removing a page from a passport. The idea is that when the victim comes back to the airport the next time, he is given the “opportunity” to fix the problem with the immigration police for a hefty sum. This is something that has been popping up intermittently on the Internet over the past several years, and it’s going around again. I just got an email about it a couple of days ago. The original article, which appeared as far back as 2003, reported that there were maybe 15-20 cases a month. I don’t believe this is currently happening, as it currently does not appear on the alerts of any embassy’s website that I could discover. Of course, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your passport whenever you have to hand it over to anyone, but I certainly wouldn’t worry about this.

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