India obtains consular access to 117 students detained in US

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2019 09:04:38



THE Government said on Tuesday that it is in touch with the US authorities to ensure humane and dignified treatment of Indian students detained in that country for enrolling at a sham university, saying the Indian embassy and consulates have obtained consular access to 117 of 129 of them.
An External Affairs Ministry release said the Government is closely monitoring and taking proactive measures to deal with the detention of Indian students.

“According to US Government statistics, 129 Indian nationals had been administratively arrested as on January 31 in connection with their enrollment at the ‘university’. As on date, our embassy and consulates have obtained consular access to the 117 of them, by proactively visiting 36 different detention sites through the length and breadth of the country,” the release said. It said consular access to the remaining students, around a dozen, was continuing, including through the 24/7 helpline set up by the Embassy and outreach to the community.

The Ministry said that the students were also being extended assistance in obtaining legal advice and connecting them to community support services. “We remain in touch with the US authorities, both at the federal and local level, to ensure and satisfy ourselves about humane and dignified treatment of the Indian students and custom-sensitive dietary and living arrangement for them during the period of their detention,” it said. The Ministry said the Government continues to attach high priority to the well-being of the detained students and will remain constantly engaged with the US authorities. The students were detained following detention of eight recruiters and some students over an alleged immigration fraud detected by a fake university  sting operation set up by Government agencies to crack down on visa scams.


Detained 130 foreign students were aware of their crime: State Deptt



ALL 130 foreign students, including 129 Indians, detained in the US for enrolling in a fake university were aware that they were committing a crime to fraudulently remain in the country, the State Department has said amid claims that they knew nothing about the varsity’s illegal operation. The State Department’s response came after India issued a demarche to American Embassy in New Delhi, expressing its concern over the detention of Indian students.