With scores of tourists thronging the state, the North Goa Superintendent of Police, Mr Vijay Singh, in an attempt to uphold law of the land and ensure peace during the tourist season, on Saturday held two meetings,
one at Anjuna and anther at Parra where he interacted with the people and warned violators of the law of stern action. Mr Singh claimed that he would uphold law of the land at any cost.
During his Parra visit Mr Singh was accompanied by the acting Mapusa DySP, Mr Gajanan Prabhudessai and Mapusa PI, Mr Tushar Vernekar while Mr Singh was accompanied at Anujna by the Deputy SP, Mr Prabhudessai and Anjuna PI, Mr Vishwesh Karpe.
Mr Singh’s visit to Anjuna assumes significance as it comes close on the heels of a memorandum submitted recently to the Anjuna police by locals opposing rave parties and playing of loud blaring beyond stipulated hours. It will certainly infuse a sense of confidence among the locals especially as Anjuna is always in the news for cases of loud music. The Anjuna PI, Mr Karpe also admitting that playing of loud music was a serious issue in this tourist belt.
Over 50 residents affected by nuisance of loud music and panch members were present at the meeting with Mr Vijay Singh on Saturday evening held in presence of policemen. Locals voiced their anger against menace of loud music informing Mr Singh that such cases were on the rise and it appeared that the perpetrators had no respect for the law. They also informed Mr Singh that they have come together and have started a movement against such elements who were threatening peaceful nature of the village. Mr Singh patiently heard the grievance of locals and assured them that henceforth the situation would not be the same and he would be very strict with such cases.
Significantly, Mr Singh also said that many a times there were fake calls and at other times it was business rivalry that led to such complaints and in order to combat such possibilities he suggested that two persons from the panchayat be ‘authorised’ to contact the police about cases of rave parties or loud music. The deputy sarpanch, Mr Savio Almeida and panch member, Mr Lavinio Rebello were then selected as the representatives of the affected people to inform police about illegal rave parties. In order to make the mechanism more effective, a team of 10 locals was also selected to work as volunteers with police in joint drives to stop the menace.
“Success takes place with the local involvement, we will conduct joint patrolling, police-public joint efforts will help to eradicate the problem,” Mr Singh said. Mr Singh said that such volunteers would be given training and surprise visits would also be conducted and therefore such volunteers would be called Special Police Officers.
“I will ensure that all permissions for loud music are routed through my office so that we have a control on them and there is no violation,” Mr Singh said. Sending out a strong signal against rave parties and playing of loud music, Mr Singh said that he means business and he would ensure that the law of the land is not violated at any cost.
Agreeing that Anjuna comes under the tourist belt, Mr Singh felt that tourism should be of a good quality and certain dignity should be maintained so that all are happy. He also assured of rewarding those who help in cracking down on drugs.
Meanwhile, during his visit to Parra panchayat hall, Mr Singh instructed the villagers to be cautious and alert with regards to their dealings with migrants and Nigerians especially with regards to filling of C forms. He instructed the locals to ensure proper tenant verification and that details are obtained and handed over to the police as and when required about rent-a-bike tourists.
“Citizens should abide by the law. Wherever required C forms must be filled and handed over to the police and proper details must be sought about people being kept on rent. If house owners do not fill the C form there is provision in law to arrest them. We will not hesitate, the law should be strictly followed and there should be no compromise on this,” stressed Mr Singh. He also said that the police were all ready to help the public provided they cooperate.
Earlier locals demanded that Nigerians be chased away as they were indulging in drugs and other unwanted activities. Locals also felt that Nigerians coming into Goa were bringing disrepute to the state.
The local MLA, Mr Michael Lobo pointed out that locals were renting their houses to Nigerians for money and these Nigerians were then spoiling the youth by circulating drugs. Mr Lobo felt that locals should also be aware of their duties and responsibilities, though the police are there to help. He further said that the entire coastal belt particularly his constituency was hit by all types of social evils and now he has taken an initiative with the police to clean up the constituency.
The Mapusa PI, Mr Vernekar said that the strength of beat police would be increased. Others who spoke were Mr Umesh Harmalkar, Mr Chandru Harmalkar, Prof Pradeep Morajkar, ex-sarpanch, Mr Anand Khandolkar and Parra sarpanch, Ms Delaila Lobo. [NT]