CHANGE OF HEART OR PRESSURE: BASSI SAYS GOA IS A SAFE PLACE, DRUGS ARE PUSHED IN BY UNSCRUPULOUS ELEMENTS

PANJIM: Outgoing police chief Bhimsen Bassi on Tuesday said the drug problem in Goa is "insignificant" and "drugs are being pushed into Goa by unscrupulous elements".  The director general of police further said the state is a safe destination.
"You get a feeling of safety while moving on the beaches in Goa. There have been some wrong impressions created about Goa and that needs to be corrected. I can say with certainty that Goa is not an unsafe destination," Bassi told reporters.
Stating that he has seen people travelling along the coastal belt even late in the night without any fear, Bassi narrated an incident where he met a foreigner travelling with her young child to a shack in Anjuna at midnight. "I asked the lady whether she felt unsafe, and she replied that Goa is safe. Nowhere else in the country can a mother travel on a bike with her 11-year-old daughter in the dead of the night," said Bassi.
Asked if drugs are available in Goa, Bassi said, "No place can be free of crime. In any place where an Indian or foreigner visits there will be efforts by unscrupulous elements to push drugs. The Goa police have adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs."
He added the drug scene in Goa is "insignificant" and Goa "is certainly not Colombia", which is known for its powerful drug cartels. "I would say the problem is insignificant. We are not living in Colombia," said Bassi.

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