Local Goa News

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

333 foreigners facing criminal cases in Goa go underground

PANAJI: A total of 333 foreign nationals arrested in connection with various crimes in Goa and who are out on bail have reportedly gone underground or are untraceable. Of these, 208 are Nigerian nationals.

As per the statistics, since the last five years, a total of 583 foreign nationals were arrested in connection with overstaying, alleged possession of drugs and for other crimes.
Around 195 foreign nationals (overstaying cases) have been deported while 55 foreign nationals are under the police radar (some of them undertrials), but there is no trace of the remaining 333 foreign nationals of which 208 alone are Nigerian nationals.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police V Gupta, who is holding the charge of the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO), said that during the last five years, 72 foreign nationals found overstaying were identified by the police while 123 foreigners had voluntarily approached the FRRO after their visa expired (overstaying). “A total of 195 foreign nationals who were found overstaying have been deported in the last five years (till May 30, this year),” he said.
“In the absence of a detention centre, it becomes difficult to restrict and make them (foreigners) available,” Gupta said adding that “the proposal for setting up of a detention centre is in process.”
It may be recalled that the Home department had identified the annex outer building of the central jail at Aguada for setting up of a detention centre for lodging foreign nationals, who are awaiting deportation. The historic central jail at Aguada now lies vacant, as the prisoners have been shifted to the new modern jail at Colvale. Based on a request from the Goa police, the Home department had identified the location for setting up of the detention centre.
According to a senior police officer, a foreign national cannot be deported in the course of trial or until the case reaches its conclusion.

NT Network Goa News

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