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    An Indian diplomat's daughter is suing New York City for $1.5 million for wrongful arrest on the suspicion of sending threatening e-mails to teachers at the John Browne High School in Queens, a New York borough.

    Krittika Biswas, daughter of Debashish Biswas, the vice-consul at the Indian consulate in Manhattan, says she was ill treated in prison.

    Suspecting that she was the student who threatened the teachers, Krittika was suspended from school, but when the real culprit was located, he was let go, she alleged.

    Krittika has now filed a Notice of Claim against New York City and the education and police departments, seeking compensatory and punitive damages for her wrongful arrest and detention and the disciplinary action by the school.

    As per US law, a notice should be filed before filing the suit.

    Krittika broke down while narrating her nightmare to the media on the steps of City Hall in New York on Tuesday, May 24.

    She alleged she was not allowed to use the bathroom for a long time when she was in custody at the 107th precinct police station.

    The notice, filed by her lawyer Ravi Batra, seeks at least $500,000 and $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages, respectively.

    It also demands the termination of Howard Kwait, principal, John Bowne High School, and Jamie Kim Ross, the teacher who received the e-mail.

    Batra said Krittika's more than 24-hour arrest on February 8 was a violation of international law, federal law as well as state and city law.

    He said that neither Debashish Biswas, her father, nor India's Consul General in New York, Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, were informed about the arrest.

    The lawayer said Krittika had diplomatic immunity that prevented her from being arrested. But the consul general said US authorities had informed him that the immunity did not extend to a diplomat's family.

    On December 21 authorities at the John Bowne High School questioned Krittika and another student for sending obscene and threatening e-mails to two teachers -- Ross and Ivan Cohill, a gym instructor.
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