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Goa beaches under police scanner again

india Updated: Jul 23, 2009 17:18 IST

Easy availability of drugs on Goa’s beaches, which are popular with tourists, has come into focus once again following the death of a Russian teenager in the state.

Elena Sukhanova’s mutilated body was found on railway tracks near Panaji on May 6.

The 19-year-old Russian girl was on drugs, such as hashish, cocaine and ecstasy and she had mentioned this to some people who were later listed as witnesses in the case, an investigation report signed by SP Tony Fernandes said.

The report also states that banned psychotropic substances are easily accessible on the state’s coast. Police initially investigated the case from murder angle, but later treated it as accidental death.

In the report, police said Sukhanova had asked her friends how to roll hashish and had even sent an SMS to a local vendor asking for cocaine.

The police have initiated an anti-drugs drive on the beaches and stopped shacks from operating past mid-night.

Drugs are being sold under cover on the coast, SP (North Goa) Bosco George said, adding that the peddlers are under scanner.

Two years back, the coastal state was in news for its drug-infested beaches after British teenager Scarlett Eden Keelings was drugged, raped and left to die on Anjuna beach.