Indian diplomat's arrest: Parties demand apology from US for 'barbaric' treatment to Khobragade

Dec 17 2013, 20:50 IST
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Arrested Indian Deputy Consul General to US Devyani Khobragade Arrested Indian Deputy Consul General to US Devyani Khobragade
SummaryPoliticians urged govt to take matching action until an unconditional apology is given.

on this issue. If this is done to our diplomats, the officers from the US in the Indian embassy should also be strip searched," he said.

JD(U) also criticised External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid for meeting a US Congressional delegation though Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar refused to meet them in protest against the behaviour meted out to the diplomat.

BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi too refused to meet the US lawmakers.

CPI National Secretary D Raja said the US makes "tall claims about human rights and freedom but with this incident, all these claims have fallen flat."

"The way they have behaved with the woman diplomat has thoroughly unmasked the duplicity of US claims about human rights and dignity. This has to be vehemently condemned. The US administration could have taken up the issue with our Mission there, if at all anything was wrong," he said.

"Government has taken up the matter seriously, but why is the US not responding? That shows their arrogance towards other countries," Raja asked.

Deputy Counsel General Khobragade, a 1999-batch IFS officer, was taken into custody on a street in New York as she was dropping her daughter to school, before being released on a USD 250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.

The row today intensified following reports that the diplomat was strip searched, confined with drug addicts and also subjected to DNA swabbing. However, when State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf was queried on it she said that the Diplomatic Security "followed standard procedures during her arrest".

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