Goa’s first detention centre, which is set up at old judicial lockup at Mapusa, is likely to be inaugurated on May 2. Foreigners, who are staying illegally in the country, will be lodged at the centre till their deportation process is completed.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Rajesh Kumar in presence of Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) SP Bosco George, DySP FRRO Maria Monserrate, Mapusa DySP Gajanan Prabhudessai, and Mapusa PI Kapil Nayak inspected the old judicial lock-up at Mapusa to take stock of the work executed for the detention centre on Thursday. Other officials like PWD building executive engineer Sadhana Bandekar, superintendent of detention centre Anant Virondkar and others were present.
Interacting with media persons, DIG Rajesh Kumar said, “We are planning to inaugurate the detention centre tentatively on May 2 and for the same we have requested the Chief Secretary to do the honours.”
Commenting on the work executed, PWD building section executive engineer Sadhana Bandekar informed, “First phase has been completed which was taken by PWD where old building was renovated at a cost of around Rs 35-40 lakh. The remaining structure work will be taken up as and when the social welfare department tells us to start.”
Currently, foreigners, who violate visa laws and regulations, are booked and arrested and subsequently are released on bail but once the detention centre facility is available, the arrested foreigner will be detained and kept at the detention centre and subsequently the process will be followed and the foreigner deported to his native country.
The capacity of the detention centre would be 60 with a provision to keep 40 males and 20 females and all facilities, which are laid in the manual, will be offered to them.
It may be recalled that the High Court of Bombay at Goa had by order dated February 7, 2019 directed the state of Goa and others to make the detention centre set up at the old judicial lockup at Mapusa, fully operational by providing necessary infrastructure and staff as expeditiously as possible or within three months from the passing of the court
The High Court had also directed Foreigners Regional Registration Office, Panaji to file an affidavit of compliance on or before June 3, 2019, in the court. The directions came on a suo motu writ petition related to the detention centre.