Asylum-seeker released after 70-day hunger strike
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An asylum-seeker who refused to eat for more than 70 days while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody was reportedly released Thursday. 

Ajay Kumar left an ICE detention center in El Paso, Texas, after he was detained for a year, The Associated Press reported.


Kumar and Gurjant Singh, both of whom are Indian nationals, stopped eating July 8 according to the AP. Their lawyers told the wire service that the men began eating again once ICE agreed to their release.

Singh is reportedly expected to be released Friday. Both asylum-seekers said they left India because of political persecution. 

Kumar will reportedly live with a human rights advocate in New Mexico while he appeals his asylum denial. 

Hunger strikes began at several immigration detention centers earlier this year. 

The Hill has reached out to ICE for comment. An agency spokeswoman declined the AP's request for comment.