Monday, December 13, 2010

US frisks 2nd Indian diplomat

A second Indian diplomat has been frisked at Texas Airport in the US after he was asked to remove his turban while refusing to do so.

India's UN envoy, Hardeep Puri, was held for more than half an hour at Texas International Airport. 

The incident comes after the Indian ambassador to the US Meera Shankar was pulled out of a security line at a Mississippi airport. 

She was patted down despite telling security officials of her diplomatic position. 

India's Foreign Ministry has lodged a formal complaint with the US over the frisking of its UN envoy, Hardeep Puri. 

Puri, a Sikh, first refused to let his turban be searched and was then detained in a holding room, the news channel reported. 

Washington responded to the complaint by assuring that it would look into the alleged insult, the news report said. 

The incident follows several recent cases of Indian diplomats being apparently singled out for security checks in US airports. 

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