Netherlands denies apology to India
The Netherlands denied that it has apologised to Delhi over an incident in which 12 Indians flying home were held.india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 11:12 IST
The Netherlands on Friday denied that its envoy to India had apologised to Delhi over an incident in which 12 Indians flying home were held on suspicions of planning a terrorist attack.
Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma had earlier said the Dutch envoy had "apologised" during his talks with Indian foreign ministry officials.
"The ambassador explained to the Indian authorities what happened but there was no question of an apology," a Dutch foreign ministry spokesman said.
On Wednesday morning a Northwest Airlines flight returned to Amsterdam shortly after taking off for Mumbai because of the "suspect" behaviour of 12 Indian passengers.
They were detained at the airport and held until Thursday evening. The authorities were unable to establish that they planned to commit an act of violence.
Cabin staff on the aircraft became alarmed when the men, speaking Urdu, began to make calls on mobile phones, rummage in plastic bags and move around the plane against instructions.
Once cleared they were freed and put on a flight to India on Friday afternoon, the Dutch ANP news agency reported.
First Published: Aug 25, 2006 22:50 IST