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Coastal police stations in Goa earn Rs 5 to 8 lakh per month from drug trade: GCAF

 

Panaji: Even as the owners of two popular beach shacks in North Goa’s Anjuna village were arrested on Tuesday after a police raid found waiters and patrons at the establishments in possession of drugs, the Goa Citizens Action Forum (GCAF) has alleged that coastal belt police stations like Anjuna, Calangute etc earn Rs 5 to 8 lakh a month in ‘haftas’ from the drug trade alone.

During the peak tourism season of December to January, the ‘bribe’ collection can go up to Rs 10 lakh per police station, claims the GCAF, alleging that over Rs 1 crore worth of drugs are sold in Goa in the coastal areas each month during the peak tourist season. The CM and the police are fully aware of this, yet no action has been taken for so long, the GCAF said.

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Every month all over Goa about Rs 20 to Rs 30 lakh are paid in bribes to police, senior government officials and hoteliers to facilitate the drug trade in Goa, alleges the GCAF.

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Firoz A Khan of GCAF alleges Coastal Police Stations in Goa collect Rs 5 lakh per month in “bribes”

Firoz A Khan of the GCAF in an interview to IndiaScribes.com Editor Flynn Remedios alleged that the whole of Goa knows that drugs are sold by the staff and waiters at places like Hilltop, Curlies, Club Nyex, Shiva Valley, etc. Do the Goa police claim they are unaware of the same? Why has the Goa government, the Goa police and the local Goa media kept quiet for so long. Or is it that they are hand in glove with each other, each one getting a piece of the pie from the drugs sale. Waiters and cleaners at Hilltop, Curlies, Club Nyex, Shiva Valley, Club Cubana and several other places at Arpora, Vagator, Candolim, Baga and Calangute sell drugs to patrons.

If guests and patrons who come from outside Goa – from places like Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, etc., know which waiter is selling drugs at the venue, why are the cops, the government and the local media ignorant of the same. Why no sting operations or secret ops conducted by the police for so long, Khan demanded.

Charas, Ganja, LSD and other party drugs are easily available in Goa throughout the year, Khan said.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Chandan Choudhury confirmed the arrests of Edwin Nunes, owner of Curlies shack, and Rohan Shetty of Club Nyex — both cafes located in Anjuna, some 20 km from Panaji.

“They have been arrested under Section 25 of the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,” the police officer said, adding that waiters at the Curlies shack were also found with drugs.

The waiters under interrogation said they were working on the instructions of their owner and hence the police placed the owners under arrest.

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Three other tourists from Bengaluru were also found in possession of drugs and have also been booked, another officer attached to the Anjuna police station said.

The crackdown on beach shacks and pubs in the coastal zone started after politicians from various parties in Goa raised a hue and cry after medical tests confirmed that the deaths of the youth were due to drug overdose.

The arrests followed a crackdown on rave parties and late-night outdoor music soirees in the tourism-friendly coastal fringes of the state.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the police crackdown on drugs, rave parties and late night music events would continue.

“Late night rave parties are illegal and it is where drugs are consumed and distributed. Rave parties on beaches or remote areas should be totally stopped,” Parrikar told media persons on the sidelines of the Independence Day function here.

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The crackdown started after two young tourists from Kerala and Tamil Nadu died of suspected overdose after attending a late-night music do at two separate nightclubs in Anjuna, which is regarded as a haven for narco-tourism.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the police crackdown on drugs, rave parties and late night music events would continue.

“Late night rave parties are illegal and it is where drugs are consumed and distributed. Rave parties on beachesor remote areas should be totally stopped,” Parrikar told media persons on the sidelines of the Independence Day function here.

The crackdown started after two young tourists from Kerala and Tamil Nadu died of suspected overdose after attending a late-night music do at two separate nightclubs in Anjuna, which is regarded as a haven for narco-tourism.

According to a Times Now report, the owner of Curlies, a well-known shack in Goa, was arrested after the waiters serving at the restaurant were found with drugs in their pockets.

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Three people from Bangalore were also arrested from the premises at Curlies after drugs were found on them.

The shack reportedly was on the radar after multiple suspected deaths due to drug overdose over the years.

Two days ago, two youngsters died at two separate rave parties at the popular beach village of Anjuna in north Goa, possibly due to a drug overdose.

Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar said he favoured a thorough probe into the deaths of Pravin Surendran from Tamil Nadu and Nidam Abdulla from Kerala, who died at a private hospital in Anjuna, 20 km north of Panaji.

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