Special Correspondent

He suggests a national personal identification registrar for the purpose

BANGALORE: Home Minister V.S. Acharya has expressed concern over Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals overstaying in the State. He has appealed to the Union Government to introduce a national personal identification registrar for identifying foreigners who are staying in the State after the expiry of their visas.

Dr. Acharya told presspersons on Tuesday that even after the expiry of the visa period, several foreign nationals have been staying in various cities, including Bangalore and the coastal parts of the State. Many such foreigners were also fomenting communal trouble. They need to be identified and deported straightway, he said.

NIC meet

The national integration council meeting, held in New Delhi on Monday, took stock of various developments in the State and the Yeddyurappa Government has proposed several measures, including appointment of police officers selected from among the local community, to help maintain communal harmony, he said. Stating that the Centre should be proactive in extending assistance to the State Government to tackle increased terror threats, especially those funded and supported by external forces, he said effective steps must be taken to stop infiltration of terrorists from across the western and eastern borders of our country.

Asked about the criminal case filed against Minister for Science and Technology Anand Asnotikar, Dr. Acharya said the matter was subjudice.