Israeli envoys use cars with local number plates

New Delhi: Days after the terror attack on a Israeli diplomat here, the envoys and visiting dignitaries of that country have started travelling in cars with local number plates instead of diplomatic vehicles.

Israeli Ambassador Alon Usphiz, who had met External Affairs Minister SM Krishna here on February 15 after the broad-day-light terror attack on a woman diplomat of that country on Monday last week, injuring four including the lady, was the first to be seen travelling in such a vehicle.

The second instance of using cars with local numbers was seen today when Israel's Water and Energy Minister Uzi Landau called on his counterpart Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister S Jaipal Reddy here on Tuesday.

Official sources said though so far no decision has been taken in allowing Israeli diplomats in India to use local number plates in their cars instead of the CD numbers, a request has been received by the government in this regard.

Security concerns prompted the Israeli Embassy putting up the request, the sources said.

Indian High Commission officials posted in Pakistan use local number plates instead of the cars with diplomatic marked.