American Embassy apologizes for detaining Shah Rukh Khan at airport

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Saturday, Apr 14, 2012

American Embassy apologizes for detaining Shah Rukh Khan at airport

Following detainment of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan at New York airport in America, India demanded explanation from America.  Following this, the American Embassy apologized for the second time.

But still, summon was sent to the American Embassy official regarding the matter.

Already, the customs and border security officials of America forwarded apology.  But India said a repeated apology is not sufficient.  Such issues should not persist, said India.  India has conveyed that the matter would be taken for consideration to American higher officials.

Indian messenger Nirupama Rao has been directed to hold discussion with American higher officials.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan left for America to participate in program held in Yale University.  He was detained for 2 hours in White Plains airport by the immigration officials.

Later, Indian embassy intervened and released him.  Following this, border security and customs officials of America forwarded apology letter meant for Indian embassy. 

External Affairs minister SM Krishna spoke regarding this ‘It has become usual for them to detain and then apologize. This should not continue.’

He added that such instances happening to same individual and which is followed by apologies from embassy officials is not sufficient.

Summon to embassy’s official

Javed Ashraff, external affairs deputy secretary, forwarded summon to American embassy’s Donald Loo. 

Another apology:

In a development, American Embassy has apologized to Shah Rukh Khan for detaining him. 

The embassy’s PRO Peter Rooman said ‘Many Americans are fans to Indian movies.  They respect him as a good actor.  We will take measures such that this does not happen again.’

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