Karnataka: Police search for overstaying African students
Bengaluru, March 26: The Karnataka police are searching in the nook and corners of the garden city for more than 60 students from various African countries, who are staying illegally even after the expiry of their visas.
Two weeks ago, African students were badly beaten up in Bengaluru following a brawl in a pub. After the incident, the police were looking the records of African nationals in the city.
While ascertaining the visa status of students, who are pursuing different courses in the state, it was understood that most of their visas had expired.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru West) P Harishekaran said: "In the latest drive, we found out that two students were staying in Bengaluru though their student visa had expired eight months ago. Both are from Angola. We are searching for others whose visas have also expired."
The Karnataka police, with the help of Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), are looking to trace 58 other students, whose visa time limits are running out.
Harishekaran added: "Aguiar Antony Tchucombe and Mariano Francisco Tchucombe - both Angolan nationals - were studying BCA in a private college of the city. When we checked their visas, we found the two were staying beyond the permissible period limit. We have made arrangements to deport them to Angola. We have written to the Centre in this connection."
According to the reports of Union of African Communities of Bengaluru, more than 6,000 students are studying in various colleges under student visa.
Most of the students hail from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Congo, South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Sudan.
Meanwhile, the police have taken initiative and formed committees to educate the students on the importance for renewing their student visa.