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    Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Two Indian asylum seekers follow his tactic to win release

    Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Two Indian asylum seekers follow his tactic to win release

    Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Two Indian asylum seekers follow his tactic to win release
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    Two Indian men -- Gurjant Singh and Ajay Kumar — who refused to eat for more than 70 days in US immigration custody have been released after a year in detention, deploying a tactic made famous by Mahatma Gandhi.

    Two Indian men who refused to eat for more than 70 days in US immigration custody have been released after a year in detention, deploying a tactic made famous by Mahatma Gandhi.
    India will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi on October 2. 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 Ajay Kumar, who was released last week. Their lawyers say they resumed eating after ICE agreed to their release.
    Singh's 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 US 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.
    Kumar had lost a third of his weight during a 70-day hunger strike over the rejection of his asylum claim
    - With inputs from AP.
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