Saturday, August 26, 2006

Dutch apologise for detaining Indians

New Delhi: A dozen Indian men taken off a plane and questioned in Amsterdam have arrived in Mumbai after a 72-hour ordeal.
One of the men in the group of garment exporters dismissed the Dutch charge that their behavior posed a security threat onboard Northwest Airlines Flight NW 0042 on Wednesday.
He added there was complete misunderstanding with the marshals onboard and they were targeted because of their Asian origin.
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Dutch authorities apologized for the incident. The Dutch envoy to India said the incident was unfortunate and should not have taken place, but the Dutch denied racial motives.
Late on Thursday, the men were released without any terrorism charges.
The Northwest Airlines Flight NW 0042 on Wednesday, flanked by F 16 fighter jets, was escorted back to Amsterdam after the pilot reported that the behavior of the 12 men was suspicious.
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