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India denies payback was motive for US policeman's arrest

Published on Apr 5, 2014 11:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A New York police officer's arrest in India has sparked accusations of revenge over the detention last year of an Indian diplomat in New York, but India said on Saturday there is no connection.

The police officer, identified as Manny Encarnacion, was detained at the airport in New Delhi after bullets were found in his luggage, a violation of Indian laws against firearms.

US lawmaker Peter King, who represents New York in Congress, expressed "grave concern" over the arrest, in a letter dated April 4 sent to the State Department.

In the letter, which was posted in full on CBS New York's web site, King said the arrest "is clearly politically motivated in response to the arrest of India's then-Deputy Consul General in December 2013 in New York for alleged visa fraud." That incident, in which Devyani Khobragade was detained and strip-searched in New York on charges of underpaying her servant, sparked outrage in India and has created a bitter rift between the usually friendly countries.

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