India seeks report from US, no clean chit to filmmaker yet

Government said it will seek a report from its US mission into the arrest of an Indian doc film maker at the Houston airport for allegedly carrying suspicious Islamic jihad literature, brass knuckles and USD 10,000 in cash.

New Delhi: The Government today said it
will seek a report from its US mission into the arrest of an
Indian documentary film maker at the Houston airport for
allegedly carrying suspicious Islamic jihad literature, brass
knuckles and USD 10,000 in cash.

40-year-old Vijay Kumar was arrested at George Bush
Intercontinental airport on Friday after "acting suspicious,"
when screeners thought they saw a possible handgun in a scan
of his baggage.

"We will seek a report into the incident," Overseas
Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said here.
Kumar was in Houston to lecture a Hindu organisation
about Islamic fundamentalism and the books packed in his
checked luggage were educational tools, authorities and his
lawyer told the court.
Attorneys for Kumar said that he has surrendered his
passport.

The books and radical material was found in stacks,
packed in Kumar`s carry-on luggage, according to the police
report.
US officers also claimed to have found a pair of
brass-knuckles in the luggage he had checked with his airline
to be carried in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

Meanwhile PTI correspondent from US has informed that the man is now held by immigration authorities. He will be subjected to further interrogation on Friday. US has ruled out giving him any clean chit as of now.

With PTI Inputs

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