New York: The international fans of Shahrukh Khan were kept waiting for hours as the Bollywood actor, who arrived here to visit the Yale University, was detained for over two hours at a New York airport.

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Before addressing the students at the Yale University, which is three hours from New York, Khan said, he was "detained" at the airport "as always happens".
   
Shahrukh, called a Chubb Fellow, was accompanied by Neeta Ambani and had arrived in a private plane at the New York's White Plain airport. Ambani's daughter is a student of Yale University.
   
According to the sources, while everybody else was cleared by the immigration immediately, Khan was stopped for over two hours before being cleared by the immigration officials. He was given immigration clearance only after intervention by Indian Consulate General (CGI).

"Khan was very very upset at the episode. Yale University officials had to contact the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Department at Washington, when they come to know about his detention," sources said.
   
In 2009 also, he was stopped at the New York airport and was released after two-hour of grilling.

US apologises for detention

The US customs border protection authorities have expressed "profound" apologies to the Indian consulate for detaining Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan for more than two hours when he was to address the students of the Yale University on Friday. India has asserted that "mechanical apology" from the US side in such cases was not "adequate" and that it will take up the issue with the highest authorities in that country.

Regular detentions not adequate: Krishna 

However, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has asked Indian ambassador Nirupama Rao to take up the matter with the highest US authorities.

Krishna said, “This has become a policy of detention and apology by the US which cannot continue. Repeated problem for same person followed by clearance on account of Consulate intervention and mechanical apology is not adequate"

According to the sources, the letter by the immigration department said that SRK's name was "flagged" in the system and airport people needed approval of "senior" authorities to clear him.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla too deplored the detention of Shahrukh Khan saying what has happened is "not appropriate". Noting that this type of incident has not happened with Khan in US for the first time, Shukla, a close friend of the superstar, said that the Homeland Security there needed to get their act together by having a proper databank.
   
"They should review their security provisions especially for those whose identity is well established", Shukla said adding that such type of incidents have happened with several dignitaries, including a former President.

(JPN/Agencies)