Goa to clamp down upon 'illegal' foreigners

pti, panaji | 21 February 2010 19:06 IST

Goa police have ordered clamp down on the foreigners staying in the state even after expiry of their visa, a senior officer said.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Ravindra Yadav told PTI that both the district police chiefs and foreigners’ branch are issued directions to act against such foreigners.
The state, which receives around four lakh foreigners, has recently witnessed the upswing in crime graph, especially offences involving foreigners. Recently, a Russian youth was booked for killing a local over petty brawl in Morjim village.
Yadav said that police station staff and beat officers would be directed to identify the `illegally staying foreigners.’ “They (foreigners) would be detained and deported to their country,” the DIG said.
The state police have also appealed locals to inform the nearest police station about any such foreigners languishing in the state for years without valid documents.
Yadav said that the state police presence would be increased till midnight on the beaches to clear off criminal elements from prowling on the tourists.
“We will also urge tourism department to keep lifeguards till midnight on the beaches. Since crowds usually throng to the beaches in the evening, the lifeguards can remain on the beach till mid night,” he said. The visibility of police and lifeguards can deter anti-social elements, he added.
Safety of beaches had become bone of contention after a British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling was found dead on Anjuna shore, two years ago. After that, there were sporadic crimes against foreigners including a recent rape on a nine-year old Russian girl, which brought a bad name for the state. 

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