Cong: Goa turning into a Bangkok of India

Reginaldo has not minced words, Goa is infact is Bangkok of India where drugs and sex are easily available for a price.

Panaji: Alleging that the law and order machinery in the state has collapsed, while referring to the recent case of two youth dying of suspected drug overdose and of the arrest of sharpshooters in Goa, Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco said it is not possible for the drug trade in the state to flourish without the blessings of the ruling party.

Drugs are being sold in Goa’s villages too, he said, adding that he moved a breach of privilege motion against the chief minister and education minister for informing the house that there was no information regarding the availability of drugs school or college premises. People are also openly being approached for drugs in discos, he told mediapersons on Monday.

 Claiming that Goa was turning into a ‘Bangkok of India’, former Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes said prostitution is openly taking place in front of businesses run by ruling party MLAs along the beach belt from Candolim to Anjuna. Prior to 2012, prostitutes were not seen openly soliciting customers on streets, he said.

Yatish Naik, general secretary of Goa Congress said cases such as that of hitmen were not heard of in Goa in the past. The party challenged Calangute MLA Michael Lobo to reveal names of police officers who are involved in such activities in the state.

Fernandes and Joseph Sequeira, the former Calangute sarpanch are supporting the Congress block president in Calangute, Joy Fernandes for the upcoming zilla panchayat byelections in Calangute. Meanwhile, Damiao Teles, the independent candidate has withdrawn his candidature in support of Fernandes.