T’gana asks Centre to discuss students’ deportation with US

, 9:40 PM IST

The Telangana government today asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to initiate a dialogue with US authorities over the “deportation” of several Indian students from America in recent months.

“There seems to be lack of clarity on why US authorities are using high-handed methods to deport these students. Also, there have been media reports where the students were mistreated by the US authorities.

“I beseech upon you to initiate a dialogue with the concerned US government heads to impress upon them the distress caused to Indian citizens because of these deportations,” Telangana IT and Panchayat Raj Minister K T Rama Rao said in a letter to Swaraj.

The families of the students pass through emotional and financial distress when they are deported to India as they take loans to fund their educational programmes, he said.

Rao pointed out that several students have been deported to India in the last few months despite having valid visas issued by the US Consulate.