Tourism dept orders action against foreigners' illegal Arambol market



Taking cognisance of the illegal market organised by some foreigners in Arambol, Deputy Director of Tourism Dhiraj Vagle has directed the Pernem Police inspector to register an FIR against unknown foreigners/local citizens under Section 188 for violating the Goa Tourist Places Protection and Maintenance Act, 2001.

The Tourism Department had received reports that an illegal market was being set up and operated by some unknown foreigners at Arambol beach with the help of some locals.

The market activities start at around 6 pm and run till 8 to 9 pm, and the activities were also covered on some media platforms.

“We had requested you to register an FIR against people operating the illegal market and detain them and produce the foreigners before the FRRO for further proceedings for violation of the order. But this office has not received any action taken report from your office,” Vagle said in his letter to the Pernem PI.

He said that the department continued to receive several reports about the operation of the illegal market officials posted on the beaches and social media platforms.

He further said that the Tourism Department had recently conducted a surprise raid on Arambol beach but it was unsuccessful as the illegal hawkers were tipped off by some source.

The Deputy Director of Tourism has once again urged the Pernem PI to file an FIR against unknown foreigners/locals under Section 188 of IPC for illegally operating the market.

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