Crime & Safety

As Goa’s tourism season sets in, cops to take on drug gangs

PANAJI: As the tourism season in Goa gathers momentum, the drug mafias are expected to comeback with full force.

Already this season the state has witnessed some gruesome crimes, reports Hindustan Times.

In August bodies of two tourists from Tamil Nadu were found lying in an open space on Vagator beach in North Goa. The cause of deaths was suspected to be drug overdose.

In September, Fisheries minister Vinod Palienkar stated that he felt threatened by the drug mafia operating in his area following his call to curb the rave parties in the beach belt of his constituency.

The growing threat even drew the attention of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who had announced a zero tolerance policy in the monsoon session of the assembly to curb down illegal drug trade in the state.

But the latest incidents indicate that the drug mafias continue to rule the roost, allegedly due to patronage from politicians and police, as was indicated recently by ruling BJP MLA Michael Lobo.

To deal with the threat the police claimed to have been taking all possible measures.

“We are ensuring that the rave parties and illegal drug trade are curbed during this tourism season. To ensure this, regular search operations are being conducted,” said deputy inspector general of police Vimal Gupta.

The coastal state receives on an average more than five lakh tourists every year.

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