Radio-tagging unacceptable: Preneet

Rara Sahib (Ludhaina), Jan 31 (PTI) Union MinisterPreneet Kaur today said radio-tagging of Indian students inthe United States was inhuman, unacceptable and unwarranted.

The Union government had taken up the matter with theUS authorities very seriously, she told reporters here.

"The Indian Ambassador to the US is already in touchthe Obama administration and this (radio-collaring) will beremoved very soon," said the Minister of State for ExternalAffairs.

All legal aid would be provided to those who face theprospect of deportation, she said adding "we have conveyed tothe US authorities that the students must be treated fairlyand reasonably".

The use of radio monitors on a group of students wasinhuman, unwarranted and unacceptable and these should beremoved, Kaur said.

The students should be given an opportunity to presenttheir case and those who wanted to return to India should beallowed to do so, the Minister said.

Indian students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, arefacing the prospect of deportation as US authorities last weekshut down the Tri-Valley University in San Francisco oncharges of a massive immigration fraud.

Some of the Indian students were forced to wear radiocollars around their ankles to enable the US authorities tokeep track of their movements electronically.

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