Filmmaker Vijay Kumar detained in Canada

Indian documentary filmmaker Vijay Kumar has now been detained in Canada.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 11:41 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Ottawa: Indian documentary filmmaker Vijay Kumar has now been detained in Canada.

According to reports, immigration authorities in Canada have not freed Kumar even after six hours of questioning.

The filmmaker was travelling to India via Canada after leaving Houston on "voluntary departure".

Kumar had been arrested in the US after brass knuckles and `jihadi literature` were found in his baggage.

He had pleaded "no contest" to a misdemeanour weapons charge in exchange for time served.

Kumar was sentenced to 20 days in jail and given credit for time served.

The 40-year-old resident of Malad in Mumbai was detained at Houston airport security on August 20 after he was allegedly noticed acting suspiciously and Islamic "fundamentalist" literature was found in his carry-on bag.

He had been invited to Houston to participate in a Hindu organisation`s conference. The literature was said to be used to educate the participants on the recruiting techniques of `Jihadists`. A search of Kumar`s checked-in baggage also found brass knuckles, which are illegal in Texas.

Although the item can be carried in stowed luggage, according to the TSA, but it`s against Texas state law to possess them.

(With PTI inputs)