Crimes committed by foreigners are three times higher than the crime rate against foreigners in india, with 4,925 foreigners involved in crimes and 2,585 cases registered across the country in 2021, a report by the National Crime Records Bureau says. The Ministry of home Affairs (MHA) has taken the initiative to establish a registry to track crimes committed by foreign nationals in India. The initiative, led by Union home minister amit shah, is aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies in quickly validating information about suspects among foreign nations. The registry will aid in the resolution of instances, including illegal immigration, visa fraud, narcotics, cheating, and cybercrime.

Meanwhile, the narendra modi government’s initiative to check crime against foreigners in the country has resulted in a 70% decline in records of such crimes since 2019, according to the 2021 NCRB data.

According to NCRB’s ‘Crime in india 2021’ report, majority of foreigners (3,430 out of 4,925) were arrested for violating the Foreigners Act of 1946 and the Registration of Foreigners Act of 1939, which primarily relate to visa fraud and illegal immigration, followed by violations of the Narcotics Control Act (449 foreigners) and the Passports Act of 1967 (247 foreigners).

According to the annual ‘Prison Statistics india 2020’ by the NCRB, there were 4,926 foreigners imprisoned in india in 2020, up from 5,203 in 2019 and 5,157 in 2018. As of 2020, 70% of the foreign-origin inmates in indian jails were awaiting trial. West bengal has the highest percentage of foreign criminals in jails with 466 cases (40.9%), followed by Uttar Pradesh with 127 cases (11.1%) and delhi with 73 cases (6.4%) at the end of 2020.

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