Indian Embassy raises Azam Khan detention issue with US

Azam khanUttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan (IE Photo)

Taking serious note of the questioning of the Uttar Pradesh 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, said 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 in Uttar Pradesh 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 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to deliver a lecture in Harvard University on the recently held Mahakumbh Mela at Allahabad, has decided to come back after a short stay.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said India has asked its embassy in Washington to take up appropriately with the US authorities the matter of Khan's detention.

"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 told reporters in Kazakhstan capital Almaty.

Akbaruddin is accompanying External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid who is in the Kazakh capital for an international conference on Afghanistan.

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