Parrikar’s assurance followed a zero hour mention by Calangute BJP MLA Michael Lobo who said there is fear and anxiety in the minds of people following the recent molestation of a Chinese female tourist and the assault on her male companion at Candolim beach.
Lobo said the men were drunken domestic tourists and that the ban on alcohol on beaches should be strictly enforced. He also sought to know what measures the government was taking to prevent recurrence of such incidents as Goa’s reputation as a safe tourist destination was getting affected.
He said tourism would fall and business would suffer.
Parrikar, who is also the home minister, said that the accused have been arrested by police and are presently in police custody.
The chief minister said his government has recruited police personnel and patrolling on the beaches will be intensified at night. He said a large number of police personnel are currently being trained and will soon be available for deployment at various places.
The incident occurred around midnight of October 6, when a young Chinese woman was allegedly molested by three domestic tourists on Candolim beach. Her male companion was also assaulted. Calangute police arrested the trio, named as Musthaq Sheikh, Arjun Kumar and Durgesh Sindha, and charged them under Sections 354, 323 read with 34 of the IPC. They were remanded to five days police custody.