In a generalised statement, state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar alleged that the Nigerian nationals intentently committed crime to prolong their stay in the country. “The Nigerian problem (visitors) is not just the problem in the state but across the country.
They come here to study, but purposely commit offence, get an FIR registered against themselves and impending judicial proceedings prolong their stay in the country. Meanwhile they continue to involve in drugs and anti-social activity, but the law is not equipped to take quick action against them,”Dinesh Parulekar said.
The statement of the minister comes a day after a local woman complained to the authorities that two Nigerians nationals, in the pretext of asking for lift, stopped her vehicle at Parra and at a knife-point forced her to a room at Assagao and raped her. The jurisdictional Mapusa police later said that they intercepted the duo, who were trying to flee to Maharastra and have arrested them under provision of Indian Penal Code.
Suggesting a quick-fix remedy, the Minister said that the ‘blacklisted’ individuals must be immidieately deported back to their country and not allowed re-entry. “We have already pointed to the Central Home Ministry earlier of the weakness in our deportation law, but no action has been taken so far. We have a list of foreign nationals illegally staying in the state, but since cases are ongoing against them we are unable to deport them.
The foreign nationals know the weakness of our judicial system and take advantage out of it. If a foreign national is involved in crime, the court proceedings must be fast-tracked and he must be deported within a month. Unfortunately we dont have such special provisions in the law so far,” he said.
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