Radio-tags on Indian students unfair: MEA

India has reacted sharply to the US action to attach radio-trackers on Indian students of an illegal university and said that these should be removed.

Hundreds of Indian students in the US face the prospect of deportation after Tri-Valley University in California was shut by the US government.

When questioned, MEA spokesperson, Vishnu Prakash said, "We have conveyed to the US authorities that the students, most of who are victims themselves, 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."

A number of Indian students, who had been arrested have been dog-tagged by the US authorities with GPS trackers strapped on their bodies to monitor their movements, since according to US law, they now qualify as illegal aliens. This, according to officials, is only adding to their agony.

The Indian government wants the US to allow the students to "clarify their position". Many of the students had got transfers from other universities, officials said. 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.

Prakash said, "The students should be given ample opportunity to clarify their position and present their case; those who wish to return to India should be allowed to do so voluntarily; those students who have not violated any visa or immigration laws should be given 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."