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    Dominos attacked over Devyani Khobragade case

    Republican Party of India (RPI) activists vandalized a Domino's Pizza outlet in a Mumbai suburb on Friday.They were demanding a ban on US goods as officials from the two countries struggled to defuse a row over the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York.

    15 RPI supporters attacked Domino’s Pizza outlet near Chetna College in suburban Bandra’s Kherwadi area. The activists arrived at the outlet in a car. The party workers then requested the patrons to leave the premises, while the staff went into hiding.

    A staff worker said, “We are extremely sad. They stormed in and started abusing everyone. They forcefully removed customers and kept abusing America and us too. They vandalised costly property.”

    The attackers picked up paver blocks and smashed the outlet’s glass doors and glass structure. The activists then chanted anti-US slogans and left.

    Manager of the outlet, Shiraj Sheikh, registered an FIR with the Kherwadi police.Inspector Janardan Kolekar of Kherwadi police station said, “There is no CCTV cameras inside or outside the Domino’s outlet, so it's very difficult to identify them. We have registered a case under rioting and trespassing at private property of IPC. No one was harmed in the incident since all the staff workers were inside. The accused left after 15 minutes.”

    Earlier this week, BSP chief Mayawati too had created a controversy by saying the Centre reacted late as Devyani is a Dalit. "I know I should not bring caste into this but the overall conduct with this girl was inappropriate. The central government reacted late because she was a Dalit," Mayawati had said in the Rajya Sabha. Hitting out at the US, Mayawati said, "The method of checking the Indian woman diplomat was the most inappropriate." Demanding action, Mayawati said, "We should take up this issue with US. We need to introspect on our foreign policy."

    India has demanded that the charges be dropped against the diplomat and her father threatened to start a fast if US authorities pressed ahead with the case.
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