The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has ordered an inquiry after a group of students from Manipur alleged that they faced discrimination from guards at Taj Mahal, Agra.
According to an Indian Express report, a group of students from Manipur were allegedly denied entry into the Taj Mahal and asked to produce proof of their nationality. The students, studying at Central Agricultural University, Imphal, were visiting the monument as a part if their all-India educational tour.
The students alleged that theCentral Industrial Service Force (CISF) guards commented that they "resembled foreigners" the report further said.
Entry tickets for foreign visitors at Taj Mahal cost Rs 1,000 while it is Rs 40 for Indians. The students allege that the CISF guards thought they were posing as Indians only to avail cheaper entry tickets.
The report mentions that the students showed the guards their ID cards and a letter explaining their educational tour but it did not convince them.
Only after some students produced their Aadhar card did they gain entry to the monument while the rest got in after police intervention.
"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," RP Pandey, a police officer told the Indian Express.
An inquiry has been ordered by the Archaeological Survey of India and the security staff has been ordered to provide CCTV footage.