In an interesting twist, they are now claiming that Alex Halderman and myself were apparently “issued visas by mistake”.
GVV Sarma, joint secretary (foreigners) at the ministry of home affairs, said the duo was initially denied entry because of violations of visa terms they had committed on an earlier occasion. “They had come earlier on a tourist visa, but were involved in activities that could not be considered tourism,” Sarma said.
The home ministry had asked the respective missions in their countries to not issue them visas in the future, but they were issued visas again inadvertently. “Since they were issued visas, we later decided to let them in,” Sarma said.
And then as we checked out of the hotel this morning we had some not-so-skilled intelligence professionals attempting to find out where we would be next. I feel so at home…