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India takes up SRK detention with US
August 15, 2009

With Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan [Images] being detained and questioned at Newark airport, India today took up the issue with the US Embassy in New Delhi [Images] which said it was ascertaining details about the incident involving the "global icon" who was welcome to America.

"The matter was taken up with the US Embassy," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu [Images] Prakash said soon after the reports about detention of the actor reached.

He said the Embassy was ascertaining factual details of the incident.

Consul General of India in New York is in touch with Khan, Prakash added.

US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer issued a separate statement, saying "We are trying to ascertain the facts of the case -- to understand what took place."

Describing Shahrukh Khan [Images] as a "global icon", Roemer said "he is a very welcome guest in the United States. Many Americans love his films."


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