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Kirti Azad allegedly detained for 2 hrs at Heathrow

PTI  New Delhi, July 06, 2013
First Published: 20:32 IST(6/7/2013) | Last Updated: 21:06 IST(6/7/2013)

Former India player and member ofthe 1983 World Cup winning squad Kirti Azad was on Saturday detained at the Heathrow Airport in London for two hours before being allowed to board a Delhi-bound flight.

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According to one of his office assistants, Azad was allegedly detained as the security officials at the airport found his surname to be suspicious.

"He (Azad) informed us about being detained for two hours at the Heathrow after which he was allowed to board the flight back to India. He said that the authorities were suspicious about his last name 'Azad'," his office assistant said.

There were also reports that the authorities found him carrying a bottle of liquid which Azad seemingly claimed to be contaminated water. However this fact could not be verified.

Azad, a BJP Member of Parliament, could not be reached for his comments as he was on his flight back to India.


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