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India's Goa to set up detention centre for overstaying tourists

Published on Aug 7, 2014 4:33 PM
 
A tourist walks past a row of sunbeds on Baga Beach in Goa on March 14, 2008. The Indian state of Goa is setting up a detention centre specifically for foreigners who overstay their welcome in the popular coastal spot, a top official said. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PANAJI, India (AFP) - The Indian state of Goa is setting up a detention centre specifically for foreigners who overstay their welcome in the popular coastal spot, a top official said.

Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state's parliament on Wednesday that the facility would be set up within two to three months with the help of the central government.

"Foreigners will be kept in the detention centre until their parent country takes them back," Mr Parrikar said, adding that 143 foreigners had been booked since 2011 for overstaying their visas or travelling without valid passports.

"The illegally staying foreigners take advantage of the (gap) in the current laws. When they are booked, they like to stay back in the state, claiming that the case is filed against them (and they must stay until it concludes)," the chief minister added.

 
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