Drug trade rampant on Goa’s beaches, say legislators

February 4th, 2009 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyPanaji, Feb 4 (IANS) Two Goan legislators from coastal constituencies Wednesday said that drug trade was flourishing on the state’s beach belt and accused the police of sheltering drug traffickers.Agenlo Fernandes, the Congress legislator from the tourism hub of Calangute, told the state assembly that repeated complaints by him to the police about rampant drug trade in his constituency had fallen on deaf ears.

“I have complained time and again to the Calangute police, who are simply not acting. Drug trade in Calangute is flourishing,” Fernandes said and even invited Speaker Pratapsingh Rane to see the situation in Calangute.

“If you want, I can show you where exactly it happens,” Fernandes said. The legislator added that police inaction had led to the drug trade increasing every year.

Vijay Khot, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Canacona, said that drug trade was the bane of the South Goan beach belt too and alleged that the police were not keen in taking the drug peddlers to task.

Flashing a fake Rs.500 note in the House, Khot said that Goa had also become a crucial hub for pushing fake currency into the economy.

Khot’s constituency of Canacona is host to popular beaches like Palolem and Agonda.

Meanwhile, in response to a question posed by a legislator earlier, state Home Minister Ravi Naik said that 39 police officials, including two gazetted officers, had faced departmental probes for selling narcotics substances since 1990.

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