SA student jailed in India over cocaine

2012-08-23 09:07

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Durban - A Durban student who went to India on an overseas scholarship has been arrested and jailed in India after she was caught with 9g of cocaine.

The Post reported that Rosita Thangavalu, 22, was studying law at Osmania University in Tarnaka.

She was now trying to raise money for bail after being arrested with her Ugandan friend, Patrick Emario, 29, in a sting operation by police.

According to reports Emario convinced Thangavalu to help him sell cocaine and that she decided to do it because her scholarship did not allow her a lot of money.   

Her family in Phoenix, described as “church-going people” were apparently shocked to hear of her arrest and wouldn’t speak to the media.

A South African government spokesperson said they were aware of the incident and were offering the family consular services.

Director Lesley Jacob of the Indian Cultural Centre at the Consulate General of India said Thangavalu was a good student with an excellent academic record.

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