Govt Taking Up Turban Row with Italy: Ahamed

New Delhi
Govt Taking Up Turban Row with Italy: Ahamed
Government today said it was taking up with the Italian government the issue of an Indian Sikh who was asked to take off his turban during frisking at the Milan airport.

Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed told the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour that the government was committed to "upholding the izzat (honour)" of the Sikhs.

"We will convey our sentiments to the Italian government on the issue," Ahamed said.

When the members pointed out that this was the second such incident at the Milan airport in the last one month, the minister said that the Italian government had expressed regret on the earlier occasion.

He said the Italian ambassador had been summoned on this issue.

Ahamed also informed the Lower House that all possible help would be extended to NRIs returning from trouble-torn Libya. A member demanded that such individuals be given immediate visa on arrival.
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