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India asks US to shut down its clubs, bars and beauty parlour.

US President Obama playing in the Indian embassy in New Delhi

US President Obama playing in the Indian embassy in New Delhi

Yet another retaliatory measure to the alleged mistreatment of the Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, has come from the Indian Government. The Indian government has reported to have asked the US embassy in India to shut down all its commercial activities including a bar, a club and a beauty parlour.

The US officials have been asked to follow the traffic rules strictly while they are travelling in their vehicles in India.

US embassy officials asked to follow Traffic rules

US embassy officials asked to follow Traffic rules

Also the Indian government has asked to furnish the tax returns that have been filed related to the commercial activities that the US was handling in India through the American Community Support Association.

The US embassy has been asked to restrict the entry of non-diplomats to the American Community Support Association (ACSA), which involves a club, a restaurant & bar, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a soccer field, a tennis court and a beauty parlour.

US-embassy in New Delhi

The ACSA was allegedly being used by many US non-diplomats. It was told that the ACSA was very popular among the American expatriate community in New Delhi. The Indian authorities have quoted that extending such commercial facilities to non-diplomats, amounts to the violation of Article 41(3) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.

Earlier measures

The move has come following a series of earlier measures by the Indian authorities to show protest to the alleged strip-search and cavity search of the Indian diplomat in US – Devyani Khobragade.

Read more : Did India behave responsibly in the diplomat case ?

Devyani Khobragade

Devyani Khobragade

Security barricades were removed from the US embassy office in New Delhi and the ID cards of the officials of all the US embassy offices in India were taken back for scrutiny.


 

 

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