Manipur students asked proof of nationality, denied entry into Taj Mahal

The complaint alleged that, the students, even after they produced their ID cards and a letter which stated that they were on a national tour, the CISF personnel did not relent.

Manipur students asked proof of nationality, denied entry into Taj Mahal

A group of students from Manipur were allegedly stopped from entering Taj Mahal by CISF personnel, who demanded that they produce proof of their nationality.

The students were later allowed entry after local police intervention following the intervention of local police, after which they lodged a written complaint with ASI officials alleging discrimination, The Indian Express reported.

Students, who were from the Central Agricultural University in Imphal, visited the monument as part of an all-India tour and when they reached the gate at around 3.30 pm on Sunday, they were allegedly barred form entry on grounds that they "resembled foreigners" trying to pass off as Indians so they could enter with cheaper tickets, according to the complaint, reported the daily.


The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday ordered an inquiry after a group of students from Manipur were allegedly stopped from entering the Taj Mahal by CISF personnel, who demanded that they produce proof of their nationality. The students were later allowed entry following the intervention of local police, after which they lodged a written complaint with ASI officials alleging discrimination.

The cost of a ticket at the Taj Mahal for Indian is charged Rs 40 while tickets issued to foreign tourists (barring those from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries) cost Rs 1,000 each.

The complaint alleged that, the students, even after they produced their ID cards and a letter which stated that they were on a national tour, the CISF personnel did not relent. This led to an argument between the security staff and a professor accompanying the group, the report added.

After which, the CISF personnel asked them to produce their Aadhaar cards, and only allowed those who had them to enter. Later, the remaining students were also allowed entry after the tourism police intervened.

“The students alleged that CISF personnel misbehaved with them and that they were asked to show their nationality proof. They then called the tourism police, who reached the spot and intervened to allow the students to enter,” said RP Pandey, SHO of the Tourism police station. An ASI official confirmed to the newspaper  that an inquiry had been ordered into the matter and that security staff had been asked to provide CCTV footage of the main gates of the Taj to verify the allegations.