PANAJI: The State government has ordered an inquiry into the Vasco Cruise terminal incident wherein tourists from the United States of America were held hostage by local taxi operators.
Reacting sharply to the incident, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has warned taxi operators from indulging in such an act and said that their “dadagiri” will not be tolerated.
“I am warning the taxi owners that such kind of dadagiri will not be tolerated and that an inquiry has been ordered on the issue,” said CM Sawant.
He said that police are issued directions to take action as per law against all those taxi operators involved in the incident.
Sawant said that it is “sad” that tourists were mistreated in such a manner.
In a shocking incident yesterday, tourists from the United States of America who had come down to Goa via cruise were held hostage by local taxi operators, and we’re not allowed to board their respective bus coaches.
“The behaviour of local taxi drivers will not be tolerated. I have instructed police to take action in this matter,” said Sawant.
The Chief Minister said that if any taxi drivers assaulted bus drivers, they would be arrested.
A cruise operator who met Chief Minister to throw light on the incident claimed that the American tourists were kept like a hostage in Goa by local taxi operators.
The cruise operators said that Dr Pramod Sawant has assured action in the matter.
Meanwhile, the ship’s owners have reported this matter to the American Embassy in Delhi, which will be bringing up this issue with the Central government as American citizens were held, hostage.
The tourists were forced to return to their ship without even going for their pre-booked sightseeing trip in Goa as the local taxi union members obstructed the buses that were supposed to take them on their tour.