Rampur: Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan, who was detained and frisked at the Boston airport recently, returned from US on Monday. Speaking to media, the leader suspected a bigger conspiracy by America to indict him in the Boston marathon bombings.

The Samajwadi Party leader, who was accompanying Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for a Harvard University event in the US, was detained briefly for questioning at Boston International Airport on Wednesday. According to sources, Khan was detained for about 10 minutes after he landed in a scheduled British Airways flight from India. Earlier on Friday, Akhilesh had boycotted the Harvard lecture which he was due to deliver in protest against his minister Azam Khan's detention at the Boston airport. The political members of the delegation from Uttar Pradesh are not attending any of Harvard events in protest. The State Chief secretary Jawed Usmani had made a presentation on behalf of the Chief Minister.

Yadav was invited to deliver a lecture at Harvard University in Boston on Friday evening on the recently held Mahakumbh Mela at Allahabad. Khan, a senior leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP, was the chairman of the Kumbh Mela committee.

Khan said that he was discriminated only because he was a Muslim and despite asking airport officials, nobody offered him an explanation as to why he was detained.

Khan targets Khurshid

Earlier, Khan had accused External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid of hatching a ‘conspiracy’ to defame him outside India. He even claimed that a call on continuation of Samajwadi Party's support to the UPA government will be taken by party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav after hearing his version and that of Akhilesh Yadav on their return to India. "Our leader knows exactly what had happened and who is behind this and he will take a decision soon on the continuation of support to the UPA government," he said.

Insisting that his detention should not be compared to that of Kalam, Shah Rukh, Indian Ambassador to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri or the then Indian envoy to the US Meera Shankar, Khan alleged, "It was a conspiracy because I am a powerful non-Congress Muslim leader of India and he (Khurshid) had cleverly planned with the help of the Department of Homeland Security using his clout as an Indian Cabinet Minister.”

(JPN/Bureau/Agencies)

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