Goa looking for land for foreigners

Goa looking for land for foreigners detention centre: CM

Panaji, June 1 (IANS) The Goa government is in the process of identifying land for setting up an “isolated detention centre” for foreign nationals awaiting deportation, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Parsekar, whose comments about Nigerian nationals have sparked a controversy, said that the land was being “identified” for the detention centre for to-be deported foreigners.

Under the Indian laws, a foreign national cannot be deported in the course of a trial or until the legal case reaches its fruition.

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Monday said that Nigerians often used this loophole to extend their stay in India by getting purposely embroiled in criminal cases.

The upcoming isolated detention centre will enable state authorities to house the deportees in the facility and ensure they are in check until the deportation process is completed.

The Goa government had expedited the process of creating an “Isolated Detention Centre” a few years back after a mob of Nigerian nationals blocked the National Highway No.17 protesting the murder of a compatriot allegedly by a local drug mafia.

Many locals, policemen and Nigerians themselves were injured in the ensuing clashes.

In 2012 alone, nearly 40 Africans from Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa, etc. were arrested for overstaying using doctored visas in the North Goa district.

Since 2011, 160 foreigners have been booked in Goa for overstaying under the Passports Act.

Parsekar on Monday said that Goans were “annoyed” with the behaviour, attitude and lifestyle of Nigerians living in Goa and that he was getting numerous complaints about them.

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  1. I have read the unsavoury comments made by Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar, the Chief Minister of Goa, about the activities of Nigerians I wish to state that Mr. Parsekar appears to have a blinkered outlook and is dumb and lacks intellect. I wonder what is his knowledge of history, geography, economics, etc. and is he capable of thinking rationally and intelligently. Does he know anything about this wide world or his knowledge is limited to 3,000 sq. miles, which is the area of Goa?

    He says that Nigerians should be banned in India, as they are involved in nefarious activities and try to overstay in India. Is he aware as to how many Indians are prosperous businessmen in Nigeria and even the salaried Indians are holding very senior positions like Directors, General Managers, Works Managers, Production Managers and so on and so forth (and are provided with villas, drivers, cooks, maids, etc). What would happen if the Nigerian Government decided to boot out Indians from Nigeria, just like the way Idi Amin did in Uganda in the 1970s?

    If Nigerians are breaking the laws in Goa, then what is his police force doing? Are they laid-back, consuming Goa sausages and washing it down with cashew or coconut feni? One cannot paint all Nigerians and Africans with black paint and laws of the country should apply, if anyone breaks the laws.

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