107 foreigners arrested for visa term violations

Foreign Regional Registration Office, city police conducted simultaneous raids

In a massive joint operation, the Bengaluru police and officials from the Foreign Regional Registration Office conducted simultaneous raids in East, South East and Whitefield divisions early Saturday morning and arrested atleast 107 foreign nationals who were residing illegally in the city after their visas had expired. All the arrested were from African nations, said the police, who recovered 650 grams of marijuana, 60 g of cocaine and 10 g of LSD from six of the accused.

As many as 120 police personnel took part in the operation and conducted raids on houses in T.C. Palya, Brindavan Layout, Seegehalli, Priyanka Nagar, Anandpura, Margondanahalli and other places located within K.R. Puram police limits around 5.45 a.m.

Abdul Ahad, DCP, Whitefield, said that the raid was conducted following intelligence received from FRRO officials. “The accused will be sent to judicial custody. FRRO will decide about the deportation of these nationals,” he said.

According to sources, a majority of the accused were from Nigeria and Uganda and had come to India on either student or business visas. “FRRO officials carried a detailed probe on the foreigners overstaying in and around the State and collected information from various sources including colleges where they had taken admission,” a senior police officer said

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