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India takes aim at US diplomats' privileges as fallout from diplomat's strip search grows

Indian activists of an organization called Dalit Cobra shout slogans during a protest outside the U.S. consulate in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The arrest of an Indian consular Devyani Khobragade in New York, arrested and strip-searched for allegedly forcing her maid to toil for little pay, sparked a diplomatic furor between the United States and India. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
January 08, 2014 - 1:09 AM

NEW DELHI - The Press Trust of India news agency says India is taking aim at the privileges enjoyed by American diplomats in New Delhi.

The news agency reported Wednesday that India has informed the U.S. that embassy cars will not be immune to traffic violations and that the U.S. must stop all commercial activities from embassy grounds. There were no immediate details about what activities are affected.

It's the latest fallout from a serious diplomatic row between the countries stemming from the arrest and strip search last month of Devyani Khobragade, an Indian diplomat in New York City.

Khobragade has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges alleging she paid her Indian-born maid far less than the U.S. minimum wage and lied about it on a visa application.

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