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India reacts sharply to US' action to tie tracker on Indian students

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 31, IRNA -- India has reacted sharply to the action of the US authorities to tie a tracker on Indian students duped by a California-based 'sham' university, terming it as 'unwarranted' and demanded its removal.

The government also said it was 'seriously concerned' about the impact of the US federal action against Tri Valley University (TVU) in California on the Indian students enrolled at the now-closed university.

'We have conveyed to the US authorities that the students, most of whom are victims, must be treated fairly and reasonably and that the use of monitors on a group of students, who were detained and later released with monitors in accordance with US laws, is unwarranted and should be removed,' an External Affairs Ministry statement said in New Delhi.

A majority of the Indian students at the university had taken transfer from other US universities.

Approximately 100 students had obtained visas from the US mission in India and a number of students in the US, as dependents of their spouses, had enrolled in the University after taking the required authorization, it said.

'The students should be given ample opportunity to clarify their position and present their case and those who wish to return to India should be allowed to do so voluntarily.

'And those students who have not violated any visa or immigration laws should be given an opportunity to adjust their status and, those who are eligible to seek transfer to other universities, should be given adequate opportunity and time to do so,' the statement said.

The Consulate General of India in San Francisco and the Ministry of External Affairs are in touch with the Indian students and US authorities, it said, adding India has also asked the US government to provide full information on the affected students.

Some of the Indian students duped by a 'sham' university in California have been forced to wear radio-trackers around their ankles, triggering a wave of anger through the Indian community.

Some 1,555 students of Tri-Valley University, 90 percent of them from India, mostly Andhra Pradesh, face the prospect of deportation following the closure of the university in Pleasanton on charges of selling student visas.

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