Allow overstaying foreigners to leave the country, say Africans

In the seminar room of a university in the city, members of various African nations gathered on Wednesday with some grimness. Barely three weeks ago, at least 107 persons, primarily from Nigeria, had cases booked against them for “overstaying” in the country. More than 50 of them remain in jail, while the rest have received bail. They cannot leave India until their trials are completed.

Those gathered were of the opinion that filing criminal cases would solve nothing. The cases should be dropped and the foreigners should be given an innocent passage (that is, a free exit) from the country, they said.

“The African community will help them arrange documents for visa extension or to leave the country,” said Bosco Kaweesi, a legal adviser to the African community, to the students…

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