Goa’s new tourism boss Minister Nilkant Halarnkar said he was opposed to raves taking place in the notoriously corrupt and hedonistic Indian holiday state this week though revealed that stopping them isn’t one of his key concerns.
"Practically, it is not feasible to crack down on them at once,” he told local newspaper the Sakaal Times, “It is to be done over a period of time,” he suggested.
Mr Halarnkar became Tourism Minister after the last incumbent Fransisco Pacheco went on the run after being accused of being involved in the death of 28-year- old local Nadia Torrado several months ago. The still at large ex-Minister claimed in his bail plea before running that he was being framed by forces protecting the son of a senior politician who he accused of being involved in a corrupt police drugs ring.
"It is pertinent to note that recently Fransisco Pacheco, in his capacity as tourism minister, had written a letter to the Chief Minister (Digambar Kamat),” the bail petition declared, “About rampant use of drugs in Goa, the police and political nexus with the drug dealers and its affect on tourism," it said.
The story of the politician’s drugs baron son emerged when Swedish model Lucky Mångårda Amori filmed video clips of her Israeli drug dealing husband Yaniv ‘Atala’ Benaim Amori buying drugs off Goa narcotics cops and posted them on Youtube. Chatting to the Swedish news portal thelocal.se last month, she described erecting surveillance cameras after her husband boasted that the men he was buying drugs from were highly placed policemen.
“I refused to believe him at first. They wore civilian clothes and I thought they were just petty thieves,” she told the Local.
“But after a while I realized Atala was telling the truth. We had the same cops coming to our house every single day. With them was this politician’s son, or ‘boss’ as Atala called him,” she added
Atala remains in custody while the seven cops accused of dealing drugs were recently released on bail.
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