There are over 6,000 foreign prisoners lodged in various jails across the country. About 50 per cent of them are imprisoned in West Bengal and belong to Bangladesh. Apart from them, nationals from Nigeria, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan populate Indian jails in significant numbers.
The 2014 data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has for the first time categorised foreigners incarcerated in jails across the country according to their nationality.
The data states that 2,495 foreign convicts, comprising 2,308 men and 187 women, are lodged in various jails across the country. West Bengal jails lodge 1,113 of them, the highest in the country. Bengal is followed by Andaman and Nicobar Island (624), Uttar Pradesh (135), Delhi (94), Maharashtra (72), Punjab (61), Himachal Pradesh (50) and Manipur (50).
The highest number of convicted foreigners, about 54.4 per cent, fall in the age group of 30-50 years followed by 38.8 per cent of such convicts in the 18-30 years age group.
As many as 3,576 foreigners (3,063 men and 513 women) were lodged in various jails of the country as undertrial prisoners. The highest number of such undertrials were in West Bengal (1,822) followed by Maharashtra (513), Uttar Pradesh (235), Delhi (217), Gujarat (129), Tamil Nadu (78), Himachal Pradesh (66) and Karnataka (66). Most of these undertrials, about 48.5 per cent, fall in the 18 to 30 years agre group. About 42.1 per cent of them are in the 30-50 years age group.
The NCRB data states that 30 male foreigners were lodged as detenues. Of them, 28 were lodged in Jammu and Kashmir jails and two in Uttar Pradesh prisons.