A filmmaker from Mumbai was on Tuesday freed on bail after being arrested at the Houston Airport in Texas for carrying jihadist literature and brass knuckles in checked in baggage.
Vijay Kumar, 40, spent the weekend in custody after the arrest as a court posted a bail amount of $50,000 for his release. That amount was scaled down to $5000 on Monday.
"Vijay's supporters paid up that amount," lawyer Roger Jain, representing Kumar, told HT over phone.
"Kumar is a peaceful man and not a terrorist and we were able to convince the court," Jain said.
Kumar was arrested after the discovery of literature and material found suspicious by the airport security staff. He was also apparently behaving suspiciously. Jain said he was not sure why he was carrying the material but he believed Kumar was going to speak to the Indian community and educate it on jihad and Islamic fundamentalism.