Urging the Goa Police to crackdown on the drug trade in the coastal state, the Congress on Monday said that substance abuse has become so commonplace that even passengers flying out after holidaying in the State reek of drugs, reports IANS.
“It is very scary to inform you that illicit trade of drugs has now penetrated various schools and college campuses, generally found in retail vending joints… if you travel by air after a long weekend to Delhi or Bengaluru, you may find the passenger sitting next to you, smelling of drugs,” North Goa Congress District President Vijay Bhike said in a letter to Director General of Police Muktesh Chander on Monday, according to an IANS news report.
IndiaScoops.com found the same situation is prevalent if one traveled by the several AC luxury buses operating from Goa to various metros in India like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, etc. Youngsters who come to Goa to party over long weekends, end up parceling “joints” for use later on. Some of them end up smoking on the way back, thus reeking of Charas or Ganja.
Ready-made rolled cigarettes mixed with drugs known as “joints” are easily available all over Goa and cost almost half as much as they do in Mumbai or Delhi.
The purity and quality of the drugs is far better when bought in Goa. In Mumbai or Delhi, the same products are adulterated and mixed with other substances, as peddlers try to increase their margins.
Many party goers from Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, etc., who visit Goa and do drugs, end up smuggling a few “joints” back home, as they find the purity and quality of the drugs available in Goa, far better than that available back home. Not to forget that it is much cheaper to buy these products in Goa, than what it is in Mumbai or Delhi.
Ruling and opposition politicians in Goa have been trading accusations after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), as part of its biggest pan-India raids last month, seized party drug ketamine valued at Rs 100 crore at a manufacturing facility in Goa, which was operating from a premise linked to BJP office-bearer Vasudev Parab.
Parab had rented out his premises for a sum of Rs 75,000 per month, which he did not disclose in his IT returns, but claims he had no idea what was going on at the premises.
While the BJP has given a clean chit to Parab, the Congress has accused the BJP-led coalition government of trying to shield those linked to drug trade. The Goa opposition has demanded an independent probe into the drug trade in Goa.
Accusing the police of cracking down only on small-time peddlers and drug users, the letter also claims that the “police has totally failed to bust foreign drug mafia and peddlers operating in the coastal areas”.
“The Congress in Goa hereby requests your for urgent intervention to take immediate steps and start a special drive throughout the state to eradicate and uproot all drugs- related trade and other such activities,” the letter said.
Goa is one of the top beach tourism destinations in the country, attracting more than six million tourists every year, including half a million foreign nationals.
With IANS inputs