A day after Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik expressed disapproval of tourists loitering around the state during wee hours, a group of Mumbai-based youngsters alleged that the police harassed them for going around during odd hours.
"For two days we were stopped by police at Nakabandi points and harassed. They suspected us to be prostitutes and threatened to take us to the police station. They left us only after we paid them," a girl from the group, told PTI.
The group of two boys and five girls, a mix group of professionals and students, are touring Goa and will leave for Mumbai on Sunday.
The group had to bribe the police twice even when they showed the restaurant bill of Hotel Fort Aguada, a five star resort-owned by Taj group. The incident occured in the tourism hot spot of Calangute, a beach village in North Goa.
"We even asked them to call our parents and confirm but they refused. We had no other option to pay and get ourselves freed," the girl said.
On May-26 and May 27, both the days, they were stopped next to their hotel by police. "On the first day we paid Rs 1,000 while on the second day, we had to pay Rs 500. They told us that we will be fined for Rs 3,000 for venturing out at odd hours," another boy said.
The group refused to divulge their name fearing further harassment by police as they are still holidaying in the state.
Coincidently, the police harassment came a day after Home Minister Ravi Naik made a public statement against the tourists loitering around during wee hours.
Superintendent of Police (North) Tony Fernandes feigned innocence over the entire incident.
"I was on leave but will surely inquire as to who was posted at that particular spot that night," he said.