1,617 illegals held in Sharjah this year

Over 1,600 illegal residents have been arrested in Sharjah since the beginning of this year in a crackdown named ‘Don’t co-operate with illegals’, the police said on Tuesday.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Wed 20 Jun 2012, 9:38 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:20 PM

The campaign that kicked off on January 1 had netted a total of 1,617 illegals by Tuesday and it will continue unabated throughout the year, said Brigadier Abdullah Mubarak Al Dukhan, Deputy Director-General of the Sharjah Police.

The illegals fall in different categories, but absconders still topped the list, he said without giving specific figures. The others included those who entered the country illegally and those who returned to the country with forged documents after deportation.

“We have followed the correct procedures by referring each illegal to the department concerned, depending on the category he/she falls under, to determine the right action against the person,” Brig Al Dukhan said. Abandoned old houses and buildings under construction were the major harbour of illegals. In the majority of these places, the police found them engaging in other illegal practices that threatened the safety and security of residents.

Brig Al Dukhan said police officers are keeping a watch on all places likely to be frequented by illegals and the campaign to get rid the emirate of the illegals would continue throughout the year.

He also called on the public to report all illegals found in their neighbourhoods by calling the police’s toll-free number 800151 or SMSing to 7999 or emailing to najeed@shjpolice.gov.ae.


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