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Sudanese student found attending Pune college for 19 years

The city police are verifying the antecedents of Hasan Mohammed,42,a Sudanese national,who came to Pune in 1990 and took admission for Arts...

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: March 28, 2009 1:02:34 am

The city police are verifying the antecedents of Hasan Mohammed,42,a Sudanese national,who came to Pune in 1990 and took admission for Arts (Statistics) at a prominent college in Camp area and is still studying in the third year of the same course. Mohammed neither applied for an extension of his visa nor did he produce his residence details to the police in these 19 years,police said.

The Foreigners’ Registration Branch of the city police has decided to send a notice to the college,asking why his admission was allowed for so many years without making any verification of his visa documents.

“We have initiated procedures to deport Mohammed and a leave India notice has been served on him. Investigation is on to find more about his activities in Pune during these 19 years,” said police inspector Bhanupratap Barge of Foreigners’ Registration Office (FRO).

“We will also be questioning his friends who had supported his illegal stay in the city for such a long period. The college authorities will also be questioned,” Barge said.

The FRO had found several such students overstaying in Pune. In the wake of such incidents,Deputy Commissioner (special branch) Ravindra Sengaonkar has launched a drive against such persons. The special branch has already started deporting over 200 foreign students staying illegally in the city.

The police will seek details of attendance and progress report of these foreign students from all colleges in the city. Appropriate action will be taken against those colleges giving admissions to foreign nationals staying illegally in the city. All the police stations have been asked to wind up those cases filed against such foreigners at the earliest.

Police sources said many foreign nationals,mostly students from Sudan,Iran and Nigeria,are not willing to leave India. Several of them have even prepared forged bonafide certificates of their colleges.

The police even suspect that some foreign students have purposely committed crimes so that they could not be deported when a case is pending against them in the court. They are also zeroing in on the real estate agents and flat owners who are giving their property to such overstaying students on rental basis. According to the Foreigners Act 1946,Visa Rules and Regulations,the property owners should inform the police about their foreigner tenants within 24 hours of signing the agreement.

The FRO has also contacted the Yerwada jail authorities,seeking information on foreigners lodged in the jail.

The special branch of Pune police has also found that the names of around 20 foreign nationals figure in the electoral list. Sources said most of them are foreign nationals of Indian origin and action will be initiated to remove their names from the electoral list.

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