Foreigners held after police attacked in India's Goa

24th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Police began a high-profile crackdown on beach parties, excessive alcohol consumption and drug abuse after the death of a 15-year-old British girl on Anjuna Beach last February.

Panaji -- Three foreigners were arrested on suspicion of rioting and assault after police in the Indian resort state of Goa came under attack as they tried to end a beach party, a senior officer said.

Superintendent of police Tony Fernandes said a German, Russian and Swede were put behind bars after his officers were confronted with abuse, flying bottles and fists on Anjuna Beach on Saturday evening.

"They are arrested for attacking government servants on duty and rioting," Fernandes said.

Most of those attending the rave at the beachside bar in the north of the former Portuguese colony were foreign tourists, he added, announcing that more arrests were likely.

Police began a high-profile crackdown on beach parties, excessive alcohol consumption and drug abuse after the death of a 15-year-old British girl on Anjuna Beach last February.

Scarlett Keeling was found to have taken a cocktail of drink and drugs and had been raped before she died. A number of other cases in the past 12 months have also dented Goa's reputation.

AFP/Expatica

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