External affairs Minister SM Krishna on Sunday condemned the radio-tagging of Indian students of the Tri-Valley university, by the US, demanding severe action against those responsible for the "inhuman act."
"We demand the US government initiate severe action against those officials responsible for this inhuman act. Indian students are not criminals. The radio collars should immediately be removed," he said in Bagalore.
The students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, are facing the prospect of deportation as US authorities last week shut down the Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, a major suburb in San Francisco Bay Area, on charges of a massive immigration fraud. The university is said to have 1,555 students, and as many as 95% of these students are Indian nationals.
"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 students, in the university were reportedly made to wear radio collars around their ankles to enable the US authorities to keep track of their movements.
The BJP has also condemned the incident. "The students are being put through absolute inhuman treatment. They are not cattle in a ranch to be collared and to be monitored every minute of their stay there after being legal visitors..." said Nirmala Sitharaman, spokesperson, BJP.