Goa pulls the plug on late night parties

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Police on Friday said it is cracking down on late night parties and musical events which continue beyond the 10 p.m. deadline.The Director General of Police, Muktesh Chander, said, “Instructions about late night parties and music are already there; they cannot continue beyond 10 p.m. There are Supreme Court directions [which also stipulate] that loud music can not be played in open areas [beyond the deadline].”CM’s directiveHe said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has instructed the police to curb all illegal activities, like Matka gambling, prostitution, sexual abuse of women and children, and drug trade.The tourism and the hospitality industry of the State has been asking for an extension of the deadline, so that tourists can enjoy a better nightlife.‘Tourists spoil culture’Meanwhile, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Friday blamed tourists for spoiling the State’s culture and causing chaos by binge-drinking and merrymaking.Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mr. Ajgaonkar said liquor and music is part of the Goan culture, however, “Outsiders go berserk and create chaos after they drink. They ruin our culture, our Goenkarponn [Goanness].”He added, “Liquor and music is a part of our culture and it cannot be stopped just like that. Goans do not lose control when they drink alcohol. [People] would not even notice that a Goan is [under the influence]. He will not misbehave [after drinking], or show [that he is drunk].”last_img

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