Police arrest owners of popular north Goa beach cafes after finding drugs on waiters
Police have arrested the owners of two North Goa beach cafes, including the famous Curlies, after carrying out raids during which they found narcotics from waiters and several guests.
The raids were carried out on Tuesday, the same day chief minister Manohar Parrikar said the state will widen its crackdown against drugs, and on late-night parties that are a hallmark of the tourism in the coastal state.
Chandan Choudhary, superintendent of Police (North Goa), confirmed the arrests of Edwin Nunes, the owner of Curlies, and Rohan Shetty of Club Nyex. Both cafes, popularly known as beach shacks, are at the Anjuna beach village, 20 km from Panaji.
“They have been arrested under section 25 of the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,” said Choudhary. According to him, waiters working at Curlies were found with drugs in their possession.
Three tourists from Bengaluru were also found with drugs and have been booked.
“Late night rave parties are illegal and it is where drugs are consumed and distributed. Rave parties on beaches or remote areas should be totally stopped,” Parrikar told the media after the Independence Day function in Panaji
The crackdown follows the death of two young tourists from Kerala and Tamil Nadu who are suspected to have died of a drug overdose after attending a party at two separate nightclubs in Anjuna. Their bodies were found close to the beach shacks early on Sunday morning.