India Summons US Diplomat Over Shankar's 'Pat Down' Search

New Delhi/Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) India Saturday summoned US deputy chief of mission Donald Lu and conveyed its "strong concerns" over the "pat down" search Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar was subjected to at a US airport.

Lu was summoned by Javed Ashraf, joint secretary (Americas), to his office in India's external affairs ministry in South Block.

Shankar was subjected to a "pat down" search at the Jackson-Evers International Airport Dec 4 after her visit as a guest of the Mississippi State University.

"We made it clear it was unacceptable," a source in the external affairs ministry said.

According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Shankar was singled out from a group of 30 passengers and pulled aside. Witnesses told the paper that she was chosen as she was wearing a sari, and was patted down despite her diplomatic passport.


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