'Nigerians indulging in crimes should be deported'

May 30, 2016 04:45 pm | Updated September 15, 2016 10:34 am IST - PANAJI

In the wake of a Nigerian arrested on the charges of raping a woman, Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Monday said that Nigerian nationals not just “create problems” in Goa, but across the country too and suggested blacklisting of those who are found indulging in crime and mischief by staying illegally.

When asked to comment on police complaint filed by a woman against the Nigerian at Mapusa police station on Sunday, Mr. Parulekar said that Nigerian students commit crimes on purpose to prolong their stay.

“Nigerians create problem not just in Goa, but in the entire country. Nigerian students come to Goa and India to study, they get an FIR filed (against them), make it a judicial matter and they try to stay back and indulge in drugs and other unwanted things,” Mr. Parulekar said.

'Strict law needed'

He recalled a two-year-old incident in north Goa where a mob of over 60 Nigerians had blocked the National Highway 17 over failure of the police to probe a killing of a fellow Nigerian in north coastal Goa.

India should have a strict law, where the police force can catch them and deport them back. But that law is not there at the moment, therefore it is a weak point in matters of governance, lamented Mr. Parulekar.

He recalled that the police had undertaken a screening of documents of such persons and prepared a list for deporting, but that did not happen. Therefore, he suggested that such elements must be “black-listed” and should be deported within a month.

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