New Delhi (Agencies): Kapil Sibal expressed shocked on Wednesday over US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Juliet Wurr’s remark who said that radio tagging was trendy and preferable to wearing jump suits and sitting in prison.

Sibal said that the external ministry will take up the issue and the US must tender an apology on the officials’ statement.

The United States defended the radio tagging of Indian students at the Tri Talley University by the authorities.

"This is very modern and trendy, just like stars in Hollywood," said US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Juliet Wurr.

However, sources said that Deputy Chief of Mission Donald Lu had expressed deep regret over the remarks by Wurr.

"Apart from expressing deep regret, they have also conveyed to us that they will issue a corrective statement soon. The remarks made by the official based in Hyderabad were highly insensitive and unfortunate," said an official.

The students on the other hand are saying that they are the victims in this case and not fraudsters. They are expressing grave uncertainties about their future.

The Consul General of India too says most of the tagged students are innocent.

"Sitting way out in the wilds of Andhra Pradesh you really don't have access to internet in the way you have an access to internet in the US. So many of the students just went by word of mouth. I don't think that any of them had the motivation of trying to defraud any rules of the US government,” Susmita Gongulee Thomas, Consul General of India.

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