NEW YORK (PIX11) – It’s been close to a month that NYPD officer Manny Encarnacion has been detained in India awaiting his trial and a possible seven-year prison sentence.
The Harlem cop says he accidentally left three bullets in the pocket of a jacket in his checked luggage when he flew to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi for vacation with his wife in March.
But Encarnacion’s ordeal is no accident.
Instead, to many, it is payback for the arrest and strip search of Devyani Khobragade, then deputy consul general, in New York over visa fraud related to her nanny.
“It just seems obvious payback,” Rep. Peter King, R-Long Island, told PIX 11. “A guard at the airport even made a comment about the strip search in New York. This is obvious retribution.”
Congressman Peter King wrote a letter to the Secretary of State asking John Kerry to intervene to bring the police officer home soon.
Mayor de Blasio said he is “troubled” by Encarnacion’s arrest and wants to make sure he ‘a not being treated unfairly.
The police commissioner’s also concerned.
“We’re staying very engaged with that issue in Indiana, Chief Bill Bratton said. “We are certainly concerned for that officer and his wife who is with him at this time.”
The NYPD also reportedly told the judge in India that Encarnacion had been to a firing range for his firearms recertification just two days before the trip.
“This is serious for this officer,” King said. “He’s a former Marine and he shouldn’t be treated this way.”