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Protesters storm Mumbai pizza outlet amid row over envoy's US arrest

US state department refuses to drop charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 December, 2013, 5:03pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 December, 2013, 12:39am

Indian protesters ransacked a Dominos Pizza outlet in a Mumbai suburb yesterday, demanding a ban on US goods as officials from the two countries struggled to defuse a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.

Police and the Indian franchise of the US chain said no one was hurt in the attack, which came amid rage in India over the arrest and subsequent strip-search of Devyani Khobragade for visa fraud and under- payment of her housekeeper.

Police in Mumbai said they were stepping up patrols of major US outlets including McDonald's after workers of the small Republican Party of India attacked the Dominos store. The group sent pictures to media organisations showing a broken glass door.

India earlier brushed aside fresh efforts by the US to defuse the row, warning Washington that "times have changed".

Diplomatic sources said Nancy Powell, the US ambassador to New Delhi, was holding talks with senior foreign ministry officials as part of efforts to resolve the crisis sparked by the December 12 arrest of Khobragade, who is India's deputy consul general at its mission in New York.

Powell's gesture came after top State Department officials called Indian counterparts for the third time in two days regarding Khobragade's arrest.

Subsequent revelations that Khobragade was stripped by US marshals and subjected to an invasive body search have caused outrage in India, whose government wants Washington to drop the case and offer an apology.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed "regret" and stressed that the issue should not be allowed to derail a "vital relationship". That message was reiterated in a call by State Department number three Wendy Sherman to Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh.

But there were no signs yesterday that India had been placated by the calls.

"They should tender a clear apology. We will not accept this conduct against India under any circumstances," parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said. "The US has to understand that the world has changed, times have changed and India has changed."

The ruling Congress party has taken a hard line in the row ahead of elections scheduled for May.

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jiawang@adb.org
India is a hypocrite for making noise about the arrests of the corrupt diplomat.
I lived in India for a year. Woman was raped in the hotel I stayed.
All one has to do is read the paper. India and South Africa are the rape capitals of the world.
"Rape cases double in Indian capital since 2012" - CCTV.com English
"Gang Rape in India, Routine and Invisible" - The New York Times
"Rape In India: Why It Seems Worse" | TIME.com
"Is India the Rape Capital of the World?" | MORE Magazine
"The Assam Rape Festival In India Begins This Week" - National Report
"Preschool Rape Case Plunges Family Into Indian Nightmare; the …"
"Reported rapes double in India over past year" - Australia Network …
India needs to look in the mirror and not blame others for India's sickness.
jiawang@adb.org
Why are Indians upset?
Indian men rape and humiliate Indian girls, and women everyday.
Raping and humiliating Indian women is a national sport.
woot.shoot
It is really time for the US to feel some actual heat. If India has balls, it must have enough intel on US diplomats in India infringing local laws - at least one, preferably more, should be arrested and locked-up pending trial. It is nonsensical for the US to inflict their moral posturing on India - clearly they care little for India despite all the platitudes they supposedly throw India's way. The US justice system is a flawed mechanism and perhaps one of the worst in the western world and yet they have the temerity to "evacuate" Indian citizens from India in the guise of so-called protection - this shows the scant regard they have for the Indian legal system. India must, should and hopefully will take definitive action against such aggression - this is nothing but the diplomatic equivalent of launching missiles against Indian military installations and expecting nothing to come back!
mesquiteice@gmail.com
It is not the men like you who rape are angry. It is the men who are not that are angry. Clearly you are in$ane to say raping indian women is a sport. You dont get laws passed for preventing a sport do you. You are one of those who have the sick american mentality of superiority. I dont know which country you are from. But it is sad to note that such a country does exist which has such arrogant people

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