Panaji: The BJP-led Goa government on Tuesday told the state legislative assembly that strict action would be taken against the people found drinking on the state beaches, and if need be, they could even be arrested.
“The beaches should be clean and there should not be any illegality on them. We have also stopped people drinking on the beaches. We will not mind arresting them, if required,” state tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told the House.
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The minister said that the police have already booked few cases in the past against the tourists caught drinking on the beaches. “We will be amending the Tourist Trade Act, giving more powers. I have asked the tourist guards to be on the vigil against the sale of drugs. No one will be allowed to take law into their hands,” he said. Ajgaonkar was responding to a question tabled by Congress legislator Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco.
In May this year, police in the tourist state had asked its personnel to arrest people, found drinking in public places, including beaches. At a meeting held in Calangute that month, citizens had complained about drinking on beaches as well other public places and no action being taken against them.