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Home minister chastises Biman pilot over immigration debacle

  • Published at 05:43 pm June 8th, 2019
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected

The minister lauded the security measures during Eid and thanked citizens for cooperating with law enforcement officers

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal chimed in regarding the severe breach in airport protocol in security caused by a Biman Bangladesh Pilot.

While briefing reporters at the RAB headquarters on Saturday afternoon, the minister said: “We have learned that it was the pilot’s fault. He should not have made this mistake because he was supposed to fly the prime minister’s aircraft. The immigration police should have insisted on checking his passport.

“People are checked several times inside an airport. His fingerprints were scanned and everything, but the passport was not inspected. The police chief has already taken action against the immigration police. But we are investigating, and will be able to understand the situation better after the investigation ends.”

The minister lauded the security measures during Eid and thanked citizens for cooperating with law enforcement officers.

Earlier on Thursday, the Biman Bangladesh pilot—who was on his way to bring back Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina—was held at Qatar's Doha International Airport for not carrying his passport.

Captain Fazle Mahmud piloted the Boeing 787 to Qatar in order to bring back the premier, who is on an international visit to three countries. Later, his passport was sent to Qatar.

On Friday, The Cabinet Division formed a four-member probe committee to investigate how a Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot travelled, without a passport, to Qatar; and the negligence of immigration officials at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in this regard.