Goa CM Parikar denies drug production in the state, blames trafficking

Panaji | Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikar on Friday denied any sort of drug production in Goa rather he blamed that the trafficking activity exists in the coastal state.

In a written reply to the question from Congress legislator and former Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro, Parikar said As per records, no narcotics are manufactured in Goa.”

“Goa being a tourist state, some drugs trafficking activity are seen. The main target of drug peddlers or dealers are the tourists. Some locals as well as tourists have also been found indulging in drugs peddling. Drugs traffic is always a danger to the society,” replied Parikar in response to Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar. The opposition had asked whether the state government was aware of the rapidly increasing drug trafficking in Goa.

The Chief Minister further stated that the government followed a zero tolerance policy against drug trafficking. ” The drug prone areas are kept under continuous surveillance… Bars, restaurants and shacks along the drug-prone belt are subjected to surprise checks,” he added.

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