Three foreigners held for assaulting cops in Goa

March 23rd, 2009 - 5:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, March 23 (IANS) Three foreigners have been arrested for assaulting policemen trying to stop a rave party in a North Goa beach, the police said Monday.
The incident occurred at around 5.00 a.m. Sunday near Anjuna beach. The accused, arrested Sunday afternoon, were from Russia, Germany and Sweden.

Speaking to IANS, Superintendent of Police (North) Tony Fernandes said that the trio had been booked for playing loud music and assaulting police personnel.

“We received calls (about) a rave party at Ozrant, near Anjuna beach. When our team reached there, they were assaulted by the partying foreigners,” Fernandes said.

“Bottles were flung at our policemen and they were physically assaulted by a mob of party goers, which comprised of these three foreigners,” Fernandes said, adding that the police had to used batons to disperse the crowd that had assembled for the rave party.

Fernandes added the Goa Police would contact the state home ministry, seeking cancellation of the visas issued to the foreigners. “Assaulting police personnel is a serious crime,” Fernandes said.

The stretch of beach near Anjuna, along Goa’s northern coast, is a major hub for rave parties.

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