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Pune cops deport Iranian student

Say indulged in ‘undesirable activities’

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: April 28, 2012 2:07:53 am

Pune Police have deported an Iranian student for allegedly indulging in “undesirable activities” in violation of his research visa conditions.

Makrand Ranade,deputy commissioner of police (special branch) said Hamid Kashkouli,a PhD student at the University of Pune,was deported recently,but declined to confirm allegations that he was involved in spying on Jewish establishments in the city.

Sources alleged that special branch investigators tracking Kashkouli had discovered that he had not submitted a progress report of his research for the last four years. He is suspected to have been keeping tabs on Jews and Jewish religious centres in Pune. His trips to the Iranian consulate in Mumbai are being probed,the sources said.

“We have formed a prosecution cell with dedicated staff to watch suspicious activities by foreigners in Pune. We got information that an Iranian PhD student had not submitted his progress report to the university,which students are supposed to do every six months. He has been deported for involvement in undesirable activities. If foreigners coming to Pune on research visa are not doing research then it is a gross violation of visa norms,” Ranade said.

Kashkouli came to Pune in 2007 on a tourist visa and was given provisional admission to the university as per norms. In 2010,he obtained a research visa. His residential permit was in order.

Will help bail out: PM to Trinamool MPs

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday assured the Trinamool Congress that the government would do everything possible to bail out West Bengal from its huge debts,as party MPs demanded a three-year moratorium on interest payment.

The Trinamool MPs met the Prime Minister in Parliament a day after they had placed their demand before Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Along with a moratorium,the Trinamool MPs also pressed for restructuring the debt burden.

“The state is on the edge of a precipice. Its financial condition is very bad and the state government is facing grave difficulty,” Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy told reporters after the 15-minute meeting at Parliament House.

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