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India consults Italy over live bullet, hate mail received by embassy

Published on Feb 21, 2014 8:50 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's embassy in Rome has received hate mail and even a live bullet, an official said on Friday, underlining fury in Italy over the prosecution of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.

India has consulted Italy over security at the embassy after recently receiving the mail as well as discovering the bullet in the embassy's mailbox, a foreign ministry official said in New Delhi.

"We are in diplomatic communication with Italy and hope that necessary safety and security is observed," foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters during a weekly briefing in New Delhi.

Italy recalled its ambassador to India for consultations and summoned the Indian ambassador this week to express concerns over a delay in court proceedings against the two marines in New Delhi.

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