After the incident at Merces involving three local youths attacking and injuring a group of tourist from Mumbai, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has ordered a crackdown on criminal gangs. He has sought a detailed report from the police on the history-sheeters in Goa and asked the police to take strict action against them.
“The CM has called for a report from Goa Police seeking extensive information and statistics on individuals and group of individuals with a history of creating disturbances and indulging in acts of violence in the state,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Thursday stated.
“Such acts (referring to the clash) don’t augur well for the image of a tourist state like Goa,” the CM said at the sidelines of an event organised by the state-run Economic Development Corporation (EDC). “We have to be very sensitive when it comes to the law and order in the state. I have asked the police to crack down on the history-sheeters and goonda (hooligan) elements. Their place would be in jail,” Parrikar added.
Parrikar has also asked police officers to maintain law and order in the jurisdiction and that they would be held responsible if they fail to do so.