Hot spots of Rave parties

| 15 January 2005 23:07 IST

Monkey valley, Bamboo valley or Banyan tree, these are the places not much known to the Goans.

But ask any foreigner landing in this tourist paradise, he would tell you the geographical location of these places. These are the hot-spots for drug-ravaged rave parties where narcotics take the centre stage.

While Goa is at its peak season, Rave parties across the northern coastal belt are in its full form. These parties which are held overnight with the technomusic though are banned by law, they go on due to the political patronage they enjoy.

These parties which were brought in this tourist state with the hippy culture has become an integral part of coastal tourism with neither the state government nor police department willing to act on.

``I know there are some police officers involved in shielding these parties,' admits Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar who has appealed the public to inform him about such parties so that he can act.

Happenings of Rave parties which was hitherto denied by state government were brought in focus recently when a local Konkani newspaper Sunaparant along with a local news channel GOA 365 shot the rave party and published it. The sting operation conducted by both these media had shown police protecting these parties.

After the operation, police swung into action and suspended one constable and transferred ten constables. But none of the senior police officials were questioned.

Goa police chief Muktesh Chandar himself admits that the police lack in curbing these parties. Alike chief minister he too appealed people to inform about these rave parties.

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