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Baroda Businessman Triggers Bomb Scare At US Airport, Indian Govt Claims No Knowledge: Report

Radhakrishnan could face federal charges.

30/01/2017 9:52 AM IST | Updated 30/01/2017 10:12 AM IST
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In the backdrop of the Trump Administration restricting the entry of persons of seven Muslim countries into the United States, a Gujarati businessman was arrested at the airport of North Dakota State on Saturday. The Indian government however claims no knowledge of the episode.

The Hindu reported today that Paraman Radhakrishnan, a Baroda-based businessman, got into an altercation with the security personnel at the Grand Forks International Airport on Saturday. He allegedly threatened that there was a "bomb in his bag."

Radhakrishnan was booked for "terrorizing," and the airport was evacuated while his belongings were throughly searched. The businessman is being held at the Grand Forks County Correctional Centre, and he could face federal charges, according to local reports.

While Radhakrishnan's family members have tweeted at Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is known to respond to appeals, they have not received a response on the social media platform. Radhakrishnan was reportedly allowed a two-minute phone call to his family.

While the Ministry of External Affairs said that it was not aware of Radhakrishnan' arrest, the Indian Embassy in Washington told The Hindu that the concerned consulate was told to "get in touch with authorities and ascertain more details."

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