Goa beach controlled by international drug cartels: legislator

July 27th, 2009 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, July 27 (IANS) A legislator of the ruling Congress party in Goa Monday claimed the state’s renowned Calangute beach has been parcelled out between various international narcotics cartels.
Speaking in the assembly, Calangute legislator Agnelo Fernandes said that drug cartels from Nigeria, Scotland, Israel and Russia had carved out independent pockets of influence in the popular coastal village of Calangute and even he felt threatened travelling there at night.

“There will be a time when we will not be allowed to enter these areas. It is already dangerous to go in the dark to these places. Even I feel threatened to go there in the dark,” he said.

“Even local boys are selling drugs. We should do something about this,” Fernandes added.

Called the queen of beaches, Calangute is arguably the most famous beach in Goa, attracting a significant chunk of the two million tourists, who visit the state annually.

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