Indian security forces have reportedly arrested an American police officer carrying live bullets at the New Delhi airport, sparking another row between India and the United States.
Security officials said on Friday that Indian authorities had detained New York City police officer Manny Encarnacion early last month after they found three bullets in his luggage at the New Delhi airport.
According to Indian officials, Encarnacion cannot leave India until his case is resolved.
In a Friday letter to the US State Department, Republican US lawmaker Peter King asked Secretary of State John Kerry to look into Encarnacion’s case, describing the arrest as “an excessive act by the Indian government.”
King also said India had made the arrest to take revenge over the detention of an Indian diplomat in New York last year. However, the Indian diplomatic mission in New York has denied any links between the two arrests.
In December 2013, Devyani Khobragade, who was deputy consul general at India’s consulate in New York, was arrested and strip-searched over visa fraud, drawing harsh criticism from the Indian government.
Khobragade was indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan for underpaying her housekeeper and lying about it on her visa form.
In response, the Indian Foreign Ministry ordered the withdrawal of all special ID cards provided to US diplomats and their family members in India.
The Indian diplomat was later released on a USD 250,000 bail. She has been accredited to India’s UN mission following an official request from New Delhi.