2 radio-tagged Indian students sent to detention centre in US

New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Two Indian students duped by a"sham" American university and forced to wear radio tags weretoday sent to a detention centre in the US after theycomplained about the movement monitoring device tied to theirlegs.

The two students of the now-shut California-based TriValley University, whose identity is not known immediately,would be released only after they furnish a bond of USD 8,000to 20,000, according to information reaching here.

Earlier in the day, the Indian government lodged astrong protest with the US Embassy here over certain"unacceptable" comments made by an American official ontagging of Indian students in California after which theEmbassy expressed regrets.

US Deputy Chief of Mission Donald Lu expressed regretsover the comments by Juliet Wur, Public Affairs Officer at theUS Consulate in Hyderabad, when Jawed Ashraf, Joint Secretary(Americas) in the External Affairs Ministry, called him,sources said.

Wur had told reporters in Hyderabad that tagging was a"hip and happening" thing and wondered why Indians wereagitated over it.

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