Congress asks the US to release Telugu students

Hyderabad: The Congress party on Thursday demanded immediate release of students hailing from Telugu States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, who have been detained by the USA Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the charges of taking admissions into University of Farmington.

In an open letter to US Consul General in Hyderabad Katherine B. Hadda, AICC spokesperson Dr Dasoju Sravan said hundreds of students belonging to Telugu States had fallen victim to a trap laid by the US Home Land Security itself. “These students were lured by University of Farmington, a fake university, to taking admission by making them believe that they can start earning by working as soon as they join the college and that they need not attend classes and engage in off campus practical work,” he said.

The Congress leader said that the students, if they have committed any mistake, it is purely out of their ignorance of law and more importantly due to the unawareness of the antecedents of the University of Farmington. They apparently seem to have believed that university of Farmington being established by USA government’s agency would not be a fraudulent university, he said.

“It has been nearly two weeks, the unfortunate incident of student detention took place, neither the students are being produced in the USA courts nor they are being allowed to post a bond and get released. They are being punished much before the crime is proved in the courts of law. These students belong to middle class families whose parents are teachers, farmers & small business owners. They have put their lifetime earnings for sending their Children for quality of education and better career,” Sravan said in his letter.