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2nd Indian hunger-striker released from immigration custody

Originally published by The Washington Post

A second Indian man who refused to eat for more than 70 days in U.S. immigration custody has been released after a year in detention.

Gurjant Singh left a detention center in El Paso Monday, according to his lawyer, Jessica Miles.

Singh refused meals starting on July 9 along with another detainee who was also released last week . Their lawyers say they resumed eating after ICE agreed to their release.

His lawyer says the 23-year-old fears returning to India because he was beaten on several occasions for supporting a minority political party before fleeing to the U.S. to seek asylum.

Immigration officials say he entered the country illegally and was ordered deported after a judge denied his asylum application.

Authorities let him be released while he appeals the decision.

Read more:https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2nd-indian-hunger-striker-released-from-immigration-custody/2019/09/30/e1e8a670-e3d1-11e9-b0a6-3d03721b85ef_story.html

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