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Indian students are not criminals, Krishna tells US

January 30, 2011 15:48 IST

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Sunday strongly condemned the reported forcible wearing of radio collars around the ankles of Indian students in the Tri-Valley University in United States and demanded severe action against those responsible for the 'inhuman act'.

"We demand the US government initiate severe action against officials responsible for this inhuman act. Indian students are not criminals. The radio collars should immediately be removed," he told reporters.

"The ministry will extend all help to the students. The parents need not worry since the matter has been taken up with appropriate authorities," he said.

The government would also provide suitable assistance to the affected students if they wished to return to India, he said. Some of the Indian students who had landed themselves in the dubious university, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, were reportedly forced to wear radio collars around their ankles to enable the US authorities keep track of their movements.

To a question on unrest in Egypt, he said, "Our Ambassador to Egypt R Swaminathan is in close contact and had discussions twice with me since last night".

The envoy informed him that all Indians were safe and their family members need not worry about their safety.

"The government of India will safeguard and provide adequate help if any of them would like to come back," he said.

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