Parra villagers decide not to rent out houses to Nigerians

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 05 November 2013 22:05 IST

Village of Parra, in Calangute constituency of Goa, has decided not to rent out any house to Nigerian without a No Objection Certificate from the village panchayat, a local self-governing body.

A resolution to this effect was taken at a Gram Sabha (general body of villagers), chaired by Sarpanch Delilah Lobo, wife of Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, belonging to the ruling BJP.

The Gram Sabha however had no objection to Nigerians staying in the guest houses, but not in rented rooms of private houses.

The issue of Nigerians staying in Goa has become a major issue here after one Nigerian youth was found murdered last week in Parra, hardly 500 metres away from Lobo’s house.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar had confirmed that the murder was the outcome of a gang war between drug traders.

Following the murder, over 60 Nigerians had created a ruckus by blocking national highway and even attacking police personnel while pulling out their colleague’s dead body and keeping it on the road, on 31 October.

Lobo was the most vociferous among the politicians, alleging that most of the Nigerians have been living in Goa either illegally or Nigerians students studying in metros of India spend most of their time in Goa, creating terror.

 

The Gram Sabha was held in this background, where the villagers expressed concern over increasing ‘menace’ of Nigerians in the village.

The meeting also decided to send notices to the villagers, who have rented out their houses to Nigerians.

The meeting also demanded action against a local restaurant which, according to them, is the meeting point of the Nigerians allegedly involved in all kind of illegal activities.

“People want license of this restaurant run by a local lady be cancelled”, said Sarpanch Lobo.

BJP legislator Lobo, while speaking at the meeting, alleged that the police department of his government had no planning to control drug trade as well as apprehend the foreign nationals, living in Goa illegally.

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