India targets American expatriate club as diplomatic fight escalates

U.S. embassy in New DelhiBy Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has told the United States it cannot permit non-diplomats to visit a club at its Delhi embassy, escalating a fight over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York. Hundreds of expatriate Americans use the American Community Support Association club, which has a bar, swimming pool, restaurant and a beauty parlor within the embassy premises. The embassy must cease all commercial activities benefiting non-diplomatic staff on its premises by January 16, a government source with direct knowledge of the dispute told Reuters. India is furious at the December 12 arrest, handcuffing and strip search of its deputy consul in New York, Devyani Khobragade, who prosecutors accuse of underpaying her nanny and lying on a visa application.

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