26/11 attacks: Foreign students in Pune scanned

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Pune, Dec 23: Police are scanning foreign students in Pune. More than hundred foreign students whose visas were expired have been deported to their countries in the last three months.

The police intensified this drive against since the Mumbai terror attacks in Nov. Police says that there are many foreign students who have not finished their courses and lived in Pune for several years.

Satyapal Singh, Commissioner of Police, Pune says "there are number of students who are failing and extending their stay. We don't know what their motive is. So we
have to be careful about them also." Pune alone has 22,000 international students marking the highest in the country.

Police have asked educational institutions to maintain a proper database about the international students. "We have a proper database of all foreign students and we coordinate with the police also. So all student details are made available to us, their address, their contact number," said Vidya Yerawdekar, Director, Symbiosis University.

Most international students here come from Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and south Asian countries. Mostly Iranian students have been deported. The reason why Pune Police is taking extra care is due to Mumbai attackers of 26/11 had fake student IDs with them.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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