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We are helpless against illegal stay of foreigners: Goa CM

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar expressed helplessness over the illegal stay of foreigners as the law did not give the state too many powers, either in controlling their entry or in forcing their deportation or detention by police.

Parrikar, who is also the home minister, was responding to concerns expressed by MLAs in the legislative assembly over the fact that foreigners posing as students stay in the state and indulge in criminal activities like drug peddling.

Parrikar said that the entry of these foreigners is controlled by the Centre as is the issue of visas. If arrested in criminal activity, the foreigners are invariably granted bail on meager amounts of Rs 10,000 each.

The government cannot even deport them immediately as the law forbids their deportation if there are cases against them.

Parrikar said he would inform the Centre about this lacuna in the Indian laws which foreigners are taking advantage of. Parrikar reiterated his government’s resolve to build a detention centre at the earliest where these foreigners would be housed between the time they are convicted and deported.

The debate saw references to the rioting by Nigerian nationals in Porvorim on October 31, 2013, after a Nigerian national Obado Uzoma Simeon was found murdered at Parra. The murder was a fallout of a drug war between rival gangs, the government had said. Over 50 Nigerian nationals had been arrested at that time.

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