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Indian embassy takes up Azam issue with State Dept

Taking serious note of the questioning of cabinet minister Azam Khan at the Logan International Airport in Boston,the Indian embassy has raised the issue with the State Department here.

Taking serious note of the questioning of cabinet minister Azam Khan at the Logan International Airport in Boston,the Indian embassy has raised the issue with the State Department here.

“The issue has been taken up with the State Department,” the Indian embassy spokesman,

M Sridharan,told PTI in response to a question if the embassy was aware of the incident at Boston airport on Wednesday.

Khan,a senior leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party and also the Urban Development minister of the state,was detained for about 10 minutes at the Boston airport for “further questioning” after he landed in a scheduled British Airways flight from India.

In protest,Khan,who is accompanying the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to deliver a lecture in Harvard University on the recently held Kumbh Mela at Allahabad,has decided to come back after a short stay.

SP seeks apology from the US

The Samajwadi Party on Friday sought an apology from the US for the “insult” caused by the questioning of Azam Khan at the airport in Boston.

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“We demand an apology from the US on the issue as Indians cannot be insulted like this after being invited,” senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal told reporters here.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said India has asked its embassy in Washington to take up the matter appropriately with the US authorities.

“We have received reports from our Consulate General in New York on this incident. We have asked our embassy in Washington to take up the matter appropriately with the US authorities,” Akbaruddin said in Kazakh capital Almaty.

Khurshid plays down Azam’s detention

Almaty: Downplaying the detention of minister Azam Khan at the Boston airport,External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Friday said the strict immigration procedures were one of the requirements of travelling to that country.

At the same time,Khurshid said that India has always urged for greater sensitivity and courtesy in such matters and if there has been any departure from normal course,the government would take it up for every citizen and not only for someone who has any “special stature”.

“I am not sure about the details of what has happened. There are processes and procedures at immigration counters in the US that we have all been through. It is based largely,not on subjective choice,but it is based on what the computers throw up by way of names,background and random checks,” he said.

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