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Indian students' detention discussed with Gokhale

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The detention of Indian students by the US immigration authorities came up during Indian Vijay Gokhale's meeting with Congressional leaders, according to a participant.

tweeted that during the Monday meeting they discussed immigration issues and that he himself "sought everyone's assistance regarding the Telugu students detained" by immigration authorities.

The meeting took place in the office of Brad Sherman, a Democrat, who is the of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia, The panel's Ranking Republican Member was also present.

In February, immigration officials detained 129 students, most of them from Telegana and Andhra Pradesh, who had enrolled in a fake university that officials had created in a sting operation against misuse of visas.

Officials allege that they had enrolled in the institution knowing that it did not hold classes but was used only to facilitate visas.

Suozzi, a Democrat with a large number of Indian-Americans in his constituency, also tweeted: "The relationship between the US and is one of the most important relationships the US (will) have over the next 50 years."

Sherman tweeted that they discussed the US role in India-relations and US-trade.

On Tuesday, Gokhale attended the India-US Strategic Dialogue with David Hale, the Under for Political Affairs in

He is scheduled to continue the dialogue on Wednesday with Andrea Thompson, the Under for for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

State Department said he was also scheduled to have meetings at the and the

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 10:58 IST