New Delhi: Eight days after an Indian
national was arrested in Houston, India today said it will
provide necessary consular assistance and actively remain
engaged in the matter to see that the case is handled
Vijay Kumar was arrested at the Houston airport in the US
on August 20 for carrying brass knuckles, a prohibited item
under Texas laws.
External Affairs Ministry said a representative of the
Indian Consulate General had met Kumar on Wednesday as part of
consular access and spent 40 minutes with the detainee who
appeared to be in good health.
"Immediately upon learning of the incident, the Consulate
General of India, Houston (CGI) contacted concerned local
authorities, members of the Indian community who knew Mr.
Kumar and the individual himself. He is currently lodged at
the Immigration Holding Facility (IHF) at Houston," the MEA
said in a statement.
It said investigations are currently going on and the
matter is subjudice.
"CGI would remain actively engaged in the matter, to
provide necessary consular assistance to Mr. Kumar and to
satisfy itself that the case is handled expeditiously," the