Published on : Saturday, June 4, 2016
Three Indian students namely Akshit Goyal, Deepak Bhatt and Uday Kusupati were detained at Ventimiglia railway station in Italy. The Italian police mistook the three as illegal immigrants, even though they all carried valid passports with Schengen visa.
The three students from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) were detained and sent to a southern Italy town, named Bari. Bari is 1000 km away from Vengamiglia. The three of them were flown to Bari along with other detainees, and were released almost after 10hours due to the intervention of the Indian mission, situated in Rome. A relative of Akshit was the one to inform the Indian Mission. Just as the Mission came to know about the incident, they immediately took actions and contacted the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Italy and the police of Ventimiglia.
Vikas Swarup, the spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry informed that the Italian authority later admitted that it was a mistake to detain the three even though their documents were right in order.
Swarup stated, “The embassy has strongly raised the issues with the Italian authorities and is in touch with them to ensure that adequate steps are taken to ensure that such unfortunate incidents involving Indian nationals do not recur.”
This was the second time in a week when IITians made it to the news.
Earlier, 38-year-old, IIT Kharagpur aerospace engineering department alumnus, Mainak Sarkar was identified as the gunman, who killed Professor William Klug (39) of the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). It was reported that he killed his ex-girlfriend Ashley Hasti also. After murdering the two, he committed suicide by shooting himself. Sarkar accused Klug of stealing his computer code and handing it to someone else. Police has found a kill-list from his resident in Minnesota. William Klug was Sarkar’s guide in 2013, when he was doing PhD in mechanical engineering.