CALANGUTE: In a distressing incident that has raised serious concerns about the safety of tourists in the Calangute-Baga area, two tourists from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra were reportedly lured and cheated by touts at a local pub.
They alleged that they were also beaten up mercilessly until they gave the bouncers entire money.
The incident occurred on 24th October when a native of Ahmednagar, checked into a well-known hotel in the bustling Calangute-Baga region.
The tourist, who had been looking forward to a peaceful and enjoyable vacation, fell prey to the nefarious activities of unscrupulous touts.at Calangute.
:The touts took us to a pub and offered Russian girls and many more things and when we refused they beat us up and took 30,000 rupees from our accounts, who refused to give their personal details.
They said they had gone to a pub with some touts, maybe from UP or Bihar.
“They threatened us and assaulted to give them money when we refused to take their services of girls etc,” said the tourist.
He said the bouncers/ touts took their G-Pay pin and asked for account numbers.
“When we refused they beat us badly and took our mobiles. We have no money to even go back. The rent-a-bike and some mediapersons gave us 2000 rupees to travel back to Goa,” he said.
When asked why did you not give police complaint, they said they feared for their lives.
“We have to go 600 kms, if something happens to us who will be responsible. Let the Home Minister and Chief Minister give us assurance we will file complaint. We have lost faith in Goa police after the incident,” they said.
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This is not the firswt time such an incident has taken place in Goa and several tourists have complained of such incidents yet the Goa government and the Goa DGP has refused to take any action in the matter.
Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte has said the Goa police are turning a blind eye to the illegalities along the coastal belt, with little being done to curb activities that tarnish the state’s name.
“I think police have to do the job right. These type of things spoil Goa’s name. Whether it is dance bars, prostitution, or drugs, it comes in the domain of the police, , which I believe needs to be cleansed,” he has said.