MANGALURU: The will identify and overstaying their visas, said deputy chief minister and home minister , on Friday. He said 107 foreigners from various African countries who were staying illegally in the state will be the first to go.
“The 107 foreigners will be deported at the cost of the government,” he said. “We will ensure that these African nationals board the flight with the tickets purchased for them,” he said.

Interacting with reporters, Parameshwara said the first lot of 107 foreigners were identified during a state-wide crackdown on drugs. “Preparations are under way to deport these African nationals,” he said, adding that the state government will take steps to recover the cost incurred from the respective embassies and consulates. “Each of these cases has been scrutinised at the highest levels, and efforts are on to see to it that these foreigners do not remain in India,” he said.

Asserting that the thrust of the deportation effort was to ensure that only foreigners with valid papers remain in Karnataka, Parameshwara said the drive will cover illegal immigrants from Bangladesh whose stay had raised the hackles of political parties and security agencies.

Chief minister had flagged the issue of illegal Bangladeshi residents in Karnataka in 2015, when he was in the opposition. State BJP leaders too have raised the issue with Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

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