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AP Govt trying to help duped students

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Government on Wednesday said it was trying to extend legal help to students from the state facing the threat of deportation from the US after they were duped by the alleged immigration scam of a university.

"We don`t set the laws there (in US). We cannot comment on their legal system. But we are trying to help all students legally," Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said.

Replying to questions at a press conference here tonight, the CM said he had written a letter to the External Affairs Minister S M Krishna as well as the Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar to extend all legal help to the students.

Reddy termed as "unfortunate" the comments made by a US Consulate official here that the radio-tagging of the duped students looked trendy.

Some Indian students at the Tri-Valley University in California are in danger of being deported after the college was shut down over alleged visa fraud. The students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, are being made to wear ankle bracelets so that they can be tracked.

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