16 foreigners deported for illegal stay

5 more held in Dhaka, Ctg
Staff Correspondent

Illegal aliens wait at Shahjalal International Airport Tuesday before being deported. Photo: courtesy

Police on Tuesday arrested 16 illegal aliens of four countries and deported them the very day.

Of them, eight were Taiwanese, three Chinese, four Turkish and one was from Cameroon.

A team of Special Branch of Police made the arrests raiding several homes in Uttara and Banashree area of the capital, said sources in SB.

All of them were overstaying in the county with expired passports and visas. The Chinese and Taiwanese were allegedly involved in illegal Voice Over Internet Protocol business.

With these, a total of 25 foreigners had been deported this month.

The crackdown on illegal aliens began after an illegal Algerian allegedly killed a teenager in Uttara in early October.

Meanwhile, Rapid Action Battalion arrested three foreigners at a house in Uttara yesterday while detectives arrested two more in Chittagong.

Zadi Josheph, 57, from Ivory Coast, Nigerian Agodi Francis Kanu John, 41, and Zambian Andrew Mulenga, 49, were arrested at Uttara-10. They could not show valid documents like passports, visas and work permits, said Major Mohammad Sadiqur Rahman, deputy director of Rab-1 at a press briefing at Rab-1 headquarters.

Rab places before the media three foreigners arrested yesterday in the capital's Uttara for illegally staying in Bangladesh. Photo: courtesy

In Chittagong, detectives arrested two foreigners at Chawkbazar area yesterday in connection with deceiving people with counterfeit dollars. Meseja, 45, of Cameroon and Benco, 36, of Ghana, were arrested around 1:30pm, said Md Hasan Chowdhury, additional deputy commissioner (ADC-DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.

They were members of a con gang, he claimed.

Meseja came to Bangladesh five months ago and Benco 15 days ago, said the ADC.

On Tuesday, Rab-3 detained two Liberian and one Chadian at a house in Moghbazar.

The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police detained 31 alleged illegal foreigners on November 14. Six of them were later released after they produced documents.

As many as one lakh foreigners, mostly from Africa and Southeast Asian countries, have been living in the country illegally for years, said officials of the Special Branch of Police.

Around 8,000 people from Africa are living in the country illegally and many of them are involved in crime.

In many cases, they destroy their passports and other documents after entering Bangladesh so that law enforcers cannot verify their nationalities and deport them, intelligence officials said.