Police to step up drive against illegal pubs

PTI, PANAJI | 08 December 2011 19:13 IST

Ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities in Goa, police today said the pubs doubling up as prostitution dens would be under their scanner.

Police had on Monday night raided a pub at Calangute and rescued 14 girls, after it was revealed that the place was doubling up as a flesh trade den.

Director General of Police Aditya Arya had personally raided the premises along with sleuths from Crime Branch and India Reserve Battalion.

Arya told reporters today that the raids would continue in the coastal belt as and when police receives information about any illegal activity.

"The raids would be conducted as and when information is received. I am hundred per cent transparent and any information provided by common man would not be ignored," the DGP said.

Calangute raid came at a time when tourists have begun flocking the coastal state in the run up to Christmas and NewYear celebration.

The village known for famous beach is a tourist hotspot and has several pubs, which are allegedly running till mid-night, at times without proper permission.

The pub, which was raided on Monday night, had no permission to serve liquor. The permission obtained from Excise department had expired in March, 2011.

Responding to a query, Arya said local police would not be pulled up for ignoring the activities at the pub.

"My boys (local police) were overstressed with the security for International Film Festival of India and Feast of St Francis Xavier," he said, adding that whenever any wing gets an information, it is bound to conduct raids.

Arya denied that the coastal belt is increasingly becoming a hub of prostitution and drugs.

"Whenever we get the input we have raided places. We need cooperation from people," he added.

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Soft targets are easy to raid. Arresting the girls and women is more easy. Going after the thieves, robbers, murderers, drug peddlers, terrorists is difficult.

Almost every other house even in villages are engaged in selling liquor and serve as rallying point for the criminal elements till late nights. The excise department and the police need to clearly sort out the jurisdiction and responsibility as to who is to do the strict enforcement of keeping a control on the activities of the liquor dens spread almost in every house.....Last time it was taken up with police , is was said that this is the duty of the excise department....

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 10 th December 2011 10:04


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