Shah Rukh Khan detention not racial profiling: US

(IBNS) The US said detention of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan at New York airports twice is not racial profiling.

US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said this time Khan was not ‘detained’ but ‘delayed’.
“He was temporarily delayed before admission to the US,”  Toner told reporters.
 “I wouldn’t necessarily look at this as some sort of pattern but rather two separate incidents,” he said.
“Obviously, we’ve expressed our regret about the incident and recognize that he’s a very renowned artist and humanitarian,” he said.

Dismissing ‘racial profiling’, Toner said: “I mean, I think we all know that that’s clearly not the case. The fact of the matter is tens of thousands of Muslims travel to and from the United States every day and are not detained or delayed.”

Meanwhile, India has summoned US Deputy Chief of Mission for detaining Khan at a New York airport.

According to reports on Saturday, the US Deputy Chief of Mission Donald Lu was summoned by Joint Secretary (Americas) Javed Ashraf on Friday.

India said it is ‘concerned’ at repeated detentions at US airports and said it ‘did not spare’ even former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

The US Embassy in New Delhi and The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities have already apologized to India for SRK’s detention.

The US CBP has reportedly sent a letter to the Indian consulate in the US and apologised for detaining Shah Ruukh Khan.

However, India reacted strongly against the entire episode as External Affairs Minister SM Krishna directed Indian ambassador to US Nirupama Rao to take up the matter with concerned authorities.

Strongly criticizing the incident, SM Krishna said it has become a ‘habit these days to first detain’ people and then ‘apologise’.

“This can’t continue,” Krishna said.

Shah Rukh said he was detained for two hours at a New York airport on Thursday.

He arrived at New York’s White Plain airport in a private plane on Thursday to address Yale University students after being named a Clubb Fellow.

According to officials, Khan was stopped for two hours for his immigration clearance.

The university officials had to intervene and get Khan out of the airport with the help of the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Department in Washington.

While addressing the students at the university, Khan confirmed the news and said he was ‘detained’ at the airport ‘as it always happens’.

“We were detained at the airport as always. For one and a half hours. It was nice. It always happens when I come to America,” said Khan.

“Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself I take a trip to America,” he said.

In 2009, Khan was detained and grilled for two hours at Newark Airport as he was heading to Chicago to participate in an Independence Day celebration.

In 2011, APJ Abdul Kalam was frisked twice at a New York airport.

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