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India summons US envoy, expresses shock over diplomat's arrest

India summons US envoy, expresses shock over diplomats arrest

New Delhi: Deploring the arrest of deputy consul general in New York, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh on Friday summoned US ambassador Nancy Powell to convey India's "shock" over "absolutely unacceptable" treatment meted out to the Indian diplomat.

Reacting strongly to deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade’s arrest and handcuffing in public on visa fraud charges, the foreign secretary summoned Powell to the South Block to lodge a strong protest and convey India's displeasure over the arrest of its diplomat.

According to sources, Singh told Powell that the treatment meted out to the senior diplomat was "totally unacceptable" and she was entitled to the courtesies under various multilateral conventions dealing with diplomatic fraternity.

In a major diplomatic embarrassment, Khobragade was taken into custody in New York as she was dropping her child to school on Thursday.

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