The Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG) has asserted that antique smuggling prevails in Goa and added that the disappearance of a hero stone from Nagve village in Sattari Taluka recently, is a manifestation of this malaise.
GHAG lamented that many heritage items that have antique value are lying unattended and very often unknown, all over Goa.
Noted historian and Executive Committee member of GHAG Prajal Sakhardande accused the government of taking required steps to notify heritage structures and monuments as a result of which the antiques are lying unattended.
He further said that antique smuggling in Goa is an organized and well planned activity and said the authorities have to crack down on it and bust the gang involved in it.
“If the government does not take immediate steps to bust this gang, a wrong message will be sent that will be disastrous to Goa’s heritage conservation,” he said.