Another Indian Diplomat Faces Pat-Down Search in US

ABCLive India

India’s permanent representative to the United Nations Hardeep Puri was forced to go through a ‘pat-down’ search at Huston Airport on November 13. [ed – why is this article just coming out now, a month after it happened?]

As per information Hardeep Puri was asked to remove his turban during a security check but Puri refused to remove his turban and the officials made him to wait for over half-an-hour in a ‘holding room’.

The Indian government has official lodged strong protest against this action with US authorities on this incident.

It is to mention that on December 4 Indian ambassador in United States; Meera Shankar was pulled from an airport security line and patted down by an American security agent in Mississippi despite informing them of her diplomatic status because she was wearing Indian traditional dress, sari.

Later, after India’s protest US Secretary of States, Hillary Clinton expressed regret for this ill behavior by US officials and assured not to repeat in future but Hardeep Puri incident has shown the mental syndrome of US domestic agencies which often forget the changed geo-politics , where US needs Indian Support to fulfill its global design especially for Asia.

In September 2010, Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel was quizzed by US immigration authorities at the O’Hare airport in Chicago after his name and date of birth matched with that of another Praful Patel, who is on America’s watch-list.

In August 2009, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was detained and questioned at the Newark Liberty International Airport. Khan was headed to Chicago for a parade to celebrate India’s Independence Day, when he was pulled aside by airport authorities for interrogation.

Former Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes had claimed that he was strip-searched twice at Dulles Airport in the US Capital area, when he was on an official visit to Washington in early 2002 and another time while en route to Brazil in mid 2003.

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