Muscat: Acting on a tip-off, the Royal Oman Police on Wednesday arrested 38 foreign nationals from a Sohar farm on charges of violating the country’s residency laws, according to police.
With the authorities tightening the noose around illegal residents at various known residential areas, particularly in old Muscat, the absconding workers are taking refuge in farms in remote areas. The farm caretakers, most from the sub-continent, give refuge to illegals by charging them.
“Those arrested from the Sohar farm have been handed over to the competent authorities for further action,” a spokesman for the ROP said.
“We urge all citizens and residents to join government efforts to reduce the menace of illegal residents in the country as they largely contribute to crimes,” he added.
“The ROP will act promptly on information provided to nab the residency law violators,” he reiterated.
Meanwhile, the ROP have honoured citizens as well as expatriate residents for providing information regarding illegal residents and infiltrators, especially along the northern coast of the country, which the human traffickers use to their advantage.
Brigadier Amer Bin Said Al Hajiri, Commander of ROP operations in the interior region, also honoured citizens for helping in the arrests of illegals while he also recognised the efforts of others.