Indian filmmaker arrested in Houston

Kumar carrying 'jihadi literature,' authorities allege

NEW DELHI -- The Indian government said Wednesday it will seek a report from its U.S. mission regarding the arrest of an Indian documentary filmmaker last Friday at an airport in Houston airport for allegedly carrying “jihadi literature,” brass knuckles and $10,000 in cash.

Mumbai-based Vijay Kumar, 40, was arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport after “acting suspicious,” according to authorities, when screeners thought they saw a possible handgun in a scan of his baggage.

After five days in jail, Kumar was released Tuesday night when a district judge lowered his bail from $50,000 to $5,000 after he told authorities that he was in Houston to lecture a Hindu organization about Islamic fundamentalism and the books packed in his checked luggage were educational tools, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Kumar's case comes up for a hearing on Friday.

“We will seek a report into the incident,” Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said Wednesday.
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