Security stepped up in Goa

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Security has been strengthened in Goa in the wake of terror threats, as lakhs of tourists, including foreigners and some high-profile visitors, have descended at the coastal state to party to usher in New Year.

Hotels and restaurants have been decorated with lights and special menus are being prepared to attract the customers. Gun-wielding Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Goa Police personnel have been posted at major beaches.

“We are frisking or scanning visitors… We are doing it for your own security,” a senior police officer said.

CISF personnel, summoned during recent International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here, were retained in the state for maintaining the security alongwith 3,000 Goa policemen.

With the Tourism Department giving an official figure of four lakh domestic leisure-seekers, alongwith 20,000 foreign tourists, holidaying in the state, the roads are almost choked with traffic.

Some traffic restrictions like one-way passage on roads leading to beaches and no-parking zones along the lanes, have been made to ease congestion, Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Atmaram Deshpande said.

The traffic police have also requisitioned additional hands from Escort Cell and Tourist Police Cell. While tourists and fun-seekers would be partying throughout the night on December 31, midnight masses would be held at 140 churches and chapels in the state.

At the Goan cyber cafes, police has given strict orders of keeping the records of all the people comming to surf the net.

(courtesy: Times of India)

One Comment

  1. Hey all the people come to Goa…

    Just enjoy and chill.. Govt. has taken full action as far as security is concerned. No issues..

    Happy New Year Goa

    1. Shri Gupta on December 31st, 2006 at 6:54 pm

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