A New York City police officer detained in India on a weapons charge may be payback for the arrest of an Indian consular official over visa fraud last year, a congressman suggested on Friday.
Officer Manny Encarnacion was arrested in early March after three bullets he accidentally packed in his luggage were found. He’s been barred from leaving the country until the case is resolved. His next court date is April 17.
On Friday, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry, calling the arrest “an excessive act by the Indian government” and suggested it was payback for last year’s arrest and body-search of an Indian consular official for visa fraud in New York.
However, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, “I think we feel like we’ve moved past this and hope the Indians have as well. … India is a very close partner.”
Encarnacion, 49, is assigned to a Harlem precinct. He had gone to the department firing range before he left for India, put the bullets in a coat pocket and forgot them there.