Want to come back to In­dia for good: Stu­dent

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - Srini­vasa Rao Ap­pa­rasu let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

HYDERABAD: A stu­dent, who came out on bail on Fri­day after lan­guish­ing i n “ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion” of the fed­eral po­lice for over a week for hav­ing en­rolled in a fake univer­sity in the United States of Amer­ica, wants to come back to In­dia for good as early as pos­si­ble.

“Sir, I don’t want to stay here. I want to go back (to) In­dia as early as pos­si­ble,” was the text mes­sage from the stu­dent, whom HT con­tacted through AP Non-res­i­dent Tel­u­gus’ As­so­ci­a­tion (APNRT) on Satur­day.

The stu­dent, who hails from Visakha­p­at­nam, but was set­tled in Hyderabad be­fore go­ing to the US for higher stud­ies, is likely to re­turn to In­dia by next week. “I want to re­turn to In­dia for good, as I am feel­ing tense here,” he said. The stu­dent wished to re­main anony­mous as the le­gal for­mal­i­ties to fa­cil­i­tate his re­turn to In­dia were still un­der process.

There was no clar­ity as to how many stu­dents were re­leased from the de­ten­tion. While Tel­ugu As­so­ci­a­tion of North Amer­ica told a ver­nac­u­lar chan­nel that as many as 40 stu­dents had ob­tained bail, APNRT spokesman Sa­gar Dod­da­pa­neni said only two stu­dents were re­leased as on Fri­day. “More stu­dents would come out shortly,” he said.

About 600 for­eign stu­dents, most of them In­di­ans, en­rolled with the fake Univer­sity of Farm­ing­ton floated by the US au­thor­i­ties un­der a sting op­er­a­tion.

The US fed­eral po­lice on Jan­uary 31 ar­rested eight stu­dents who had worked as re­cruiters for the fake univer­sity by col­lect­ing $20,000 from each stu­dent. Of those who had en­rolled with the univer­sity, the po­lice had de­tained as many as 130 stu­dents, in­clud­ing 129 from Tel­ugu states.

The de­tained stu­dents are now be­ing let off on bail, thanks to le­gal as­sis­tance be­ing pro­vided by Tel­ugu NRI as­so­ci­a­tions with sup­port of the In­dian Em­bassy and In­dian con­sulate in Hous­ton. The eight stu­dent re­cruiters were pro­vided at­tor­neys.

Asked whether the de­tained stu­dents were sub­jected to in­ter­ro­ga­tion by the po­lice, the Hyderabad-based stu­dent said they had been treated well in the de­ten­tion cen­ter. “No com­plaints,” he said, with­out elab­o­rat­ing fur­ther.

Dod­da­pa­neni said the APNRT was ex­tend­ing all pos­si­ble help to the stu­dents to com­plete the le­gal process so that they could re­turn home. Re­gard­ing the eight stu­dent re­cruiters, he said, they might have to face pun­ish­ment if proven guilty dur­ing the trial.

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