Noida Police during the raid  |  Photo Credit: ANI
- Noida Police detained the foreign nationals on Wednesday
- Those detained are engaged in illegal activities: Noida SSP
Noida: Police in Noida city of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday detained as many as 60 foreign nationals who were reportedly living in India without valid travel documents. Nicknamed “Operation Clean 10”, the drive carried out by Gautam Buddh Nagar Police was conducted to weed out foreign nationals living in the national capital region. An official familiar with the operation said that those detained were either not in possession of valid travel documents or involved in criminal activities.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Noida, Vaibhav Krishna told mediapersons that the police acted on several complaints against the foreign nationals which had come to light in recent weeks. They were involved in narcotics and other drug businesses, Krishna said. The top cop also said that “Operation Clean 10” was conducted to identify foreign nationals living in NCR without valid travel permits and engaging in illicit acts. Out of the 60 foreign nationals who have been detained, 17 have expired visas and 8 have fake visas.
Earlier this week, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police busted a group of men for cheating women on the pretext of marriage through a matrimonial website. Among the three arrested was a Nigerian national identified as 43-year-old Smart Egharevba alias Andrew. Upon interrogation, Andrew claimed that he hails from Benin City in Nigeria and was living at Mahipalpur village in Delhi. The Nigerian national and his accomplices were arrested on the basis of a complaint by a woman who claimed that the accused duped her on the pretext of marriage through a matrimonial website. In her complaint, the woman alleged that the accused established contact with her under the made-up identity of a doctor.
In May of this year, two Nigerians and one Ugandan national were arrested with drugs worth Rs 25 crore. An official with the Narcotics Control Bureau told media outlets that the Ugandan national was a woman who was overlooking the transportation of a consignment comprising 5 kgs of heroin and 2.6 kgs of cocaine. She then smuggled the substances to the national capital from Mumbai via the Rajdhani Express train.
Similarly, the Special Task Force (STF) in June of this year revealed that the agency has arrested 251, including foreign nationals with narcotic substances since 2017. Out of those arrested, 41 were foreign nationals, most of them from Nigeria. While 36 of these drug peddlers were men, the rest were women who were arrested by police on charges of trafficking.