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In Goa, foreign criminals outnumber victims

In Goa, foreign criminals outnumber victims

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03 Jul 2019 No comment 17 hits

PANAJI: Contrary to reports decrying increasing crimes against foreign visitors to the state, Goa police statistics clearly show that more foreigners have turned criminals. From drugs to ATM thefts, police said foreign nationals were involved in various criminal activities in the state.

Goa police statistics from 2017 till date shows that 262 foreigners have been booked or arrested, while only 40 cases have been registered for crime committed against them, of which 12 were accidents.
Inspector general of police (IGP) Jaspal Singh told REPORTERS, “Most foreigner arrests pertained to drug cases.” Goa, an international tourist destination, sees over 7 lakh foreign footfalls annually.
While Nigerians are mostly involved in narcotic cases, Romanian are involved in ATM fraud cases and Tanzanians are primarily booked for over staying and not having valid travel documents, Singh said. Russians, too, were found to be involved in drug cases, he added.
Cases in which foreigners have been booked or arrested include attempt to murder, rape, rioting, assault on public servant, cheating, under Foreigners Act, immoral trafficking, possession and peddling of narcotics and theft, among other violations.
Among those arrested are nationals of Iran, UK, Israel, Kenya, Russia, Ghana, Tanzania, Germany, Nigeria, Sweden, Uganda, Nepal, Georgia, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Afghanistan, French, Jordan, Austrian, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Yemen and Ivory Coast.
As per records, in 2019 till date, only nine foreigners have been victims of crimes whereas 66 have been perpetrators. Of the nine, four were involved in accidents.
In 2018, 126 foreigners were involved in crimes whereas 15 foreigners were victims. Similarly in 2017, where 70 found themselves on the wrong side of the law, 16 were on the receiving end.
Of the 15 victims in 2018, two were involved in accidents and, of the 16 victims of 2017, six met with accidents.
In light of the increasing involvement of foreigners in criminal activities, the state government inaugurated a detention centre for them in Mapusa on May 29. Already three overseas nationals have been lodged here.

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