Hyderabad police arrest 25 foreign students for overstaying

October 22nd, 2008 - 10:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Oct 22 (IANS) 25 foreign students, most of them hailing from different East African countries were arrested for allegedly overstaying here in violation of rules, the police said Wednesday.The arrests were made during a raid at a house in the Humayun Nagar neighbourhood here Tuesday.

The police said one of the students was also suspected to be involved in drug trafficking.

Those arrested include 13 Ethiopians, nine Somalians and two Djiboutians, said a statement from the police Wednesday.

The police seized 30 bundles of suspicious leafy contraband, 19 passports along with visas and 23 residential permits.

The police claimed that these foreigners were illegally staying and pursuing various courses in different colleges here in violation of Foreigners Act.

They were also indulging in anti-social activities, the police added.

“They came to India for different purposes like visit, medical and business, but got admissions illegally in different colleges. Some of them were registered as students in other states but came to Hyderabad without intimation to competent authorities of the states where they were registered,” said the statement.

Some of them were found possessing leaves, suspected to be narcotic in nature and banned under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. The leaves were seized and are being sent to the forensic laboratory for examination.

Police officials said they were planning to take action against certain colleges, which were encouraging unauthorised admissions without checking visas and permits.

The arrested include a Somali national Ahmed Khader Yousuf Elmi, 36, who was involved in procuring suspicious contraband from Adis Ababa via Mumbai through his agents. He was selling the suspected contraband to other foreigners in Hyderabad.

The samples of the suspected contraband have been sent to Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratory (APFSL) for analysis.

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