Shah Rukh Khan's US airport detention: Did foreign ministry intervene on star's behalf?
Shah Rukh Khan's detention at a US airport on Thursday has created some major buzz. It has now emerged that Indian foreign ministry had to intervene before Khan was released from the Los Angeles Airport.
Government sources have revealed that the government has spoken to US diplomats and asked them to make sure that Khan does not have to endure such an experience again.
According to The Economic Times report, a source has said, "The matter was taken up with the US embassy here and also with the state department by the Indian embassy in Washington, DC. This helped in his quick release."
Soon after the incident, Richard Verma, US ambassador to India, took to Twitter to express his apologies.
Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US.
— Rich Verma (@USAmbIndia) August 12, 2016
This is not the first time that Shah Rukh, one of Hindi film industry's most successful stars, was detained at a US airport.
In 2012, he was detained at a New York airport for two hours when he had arrived to visit Yale University, where he was honoured as a Chubb Fellow.
In 2009, he was stopped at the Newark Airport, New Jersey, and was released after two hours at the intervention of the Indian consulate in New York.
"I was really hassled at the American airport because of my name being Khan. It was absolutely uncalled for. I felt angry and humiliated," Shah Rukh had said, who was then heading towards Chicago to participate in an Independence Day celebration event.
"It is a Muslim name and I think the name is common on their checklist," he had then said.
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Published Date: Aug 13, 2016 14:52 PM | Updated Date: Aug 13, 2016 14:52 PM