Panaji, Dec 28 (GCCurrentAffairs) A day after two youngsters from Andhra Pradesh died outside Sunburn Klassique Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival in North Goa, State Pradesh Mahila Congress on Saturday said Chief Minister Pramod Sawant should sack Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar and demanded a high level probe into his alleged role into organising the event.
Addressing a press conference at party state headquarters in the city, Goa Mahila Congress President Advocate Pratima Coutinho said,”The two deaths on the first day of Sunburn festival at Vagator due to suspected overdose of Narcotic drugs is a matter of serious concern. The needle of suspicion for promoting such festival points towards Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar and his role in organising the festival needs to be probed.”
The Tourism Minister should be sacked immediately by the Chief Minister and high level inquiry should be ordered to probe his involvement in organising a festival which encouraged consumption of drugs, she said.
Ms Coutinho also demanded that role of Ports Minister Michael Lobo be probed as he was the one who had claimed that he had all the data about the drug dealers in the the state.
”Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress strongly condemns the failure of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to control the drug menace in the state. It is unfortunate that despite repeated warnings and lot of talk in media as well as social media, two deaths have taken place on the first day of the controversial Sunburn Music Festival at Vagator,” she said.
”The incident of the deaths of the two tourists have exposed the fact that there is no control on the drug trafficking in Goa. There is connivance between the ministers and MLAs of the BJP government, police, office bearers of BJP and drug traders and hence the drug trade is flourishing in Goa after BJP came to power,” she alleged.
Ms Coutinho demanded that a thorough and detailed investigation from a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be conducted regarding the death of the two tourists and permission should not be given to events which promoted consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.