In New Delhi, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna expressed concern about the way the students have been treated.

“We demand that the U.S. government initiate severe action against those officials responsible for this inhuman act. Indian students are not criminals,” Krishna said Monday. “The radio collars should immediately be removed.”

“The Ministry will extend all help to the students. The parents need not worry since the matter has been taken up with appropriate authorities,” Krishna added.

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Monday the use of radio monitors is widespread and standard for investigations and “does not necessarily imply guilt or suspicion of criminal activity.”

“It allows for freedom of movement and is a positive alternative to confinement during a pending investigation,” Crowley said.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Agency is establishing a help line for the Indian students affected by the school’s closure, Crowley said.

Indian officials are asking that the students be allowed to transfer to other U.S. universities or be allowed to return to India without being deported, which would prevent them from returning to the U.S. and hurt their employment prospects back home, Thomas said.

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