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Goa gripped by rave party politics


Pramod Acharya,CNN-IBN
Jun 17, 2007 at 04:12pm IST

Goa: Go four kilometres down a bumpy, narrow road in Goa and you reach a spot straight into the heart of a private jungle.

This is the place where police allege a rave party was held on December 5, 2006 - an incident that has become the centre of a political slugfest, as it is the property of Congress MLA Jitendra Deshprabhu.

The police report states that they were obstructed from doing their job by Deshprabhu.

The MLA has in turn retaliated by accusing the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of abbetting drug peddlers and extorting money from foreigners.

"The ANC has been running the drug business in Goa and the Deputy Superintendent of Police, ANC, Allan D'Sa, is the kingpin," says Deshprabhu.

For the Opposition, the controversy couldn't have come at a better time, with the elections just a couple of months away. They have used the opportunity to lash out at the ruling Congress and Deshprabhu.

Says Goa Opposition leader, Manohar Parrikar, "We will make it an election issue. How can the MLA hold rave parties and then stop the ANC from doing its job."

Caught in the middle of all this mess is this police officer Allan D'Sa who is clearly not amused.

"I do not wish to comment. I have already filed a report a that is all I have to say," he states.

And the Congress MLA too is finding it hard to explain why an officer is being allowed to continue to hold such a sensitive position despite the serious allegations - especially with the Congress in power and a Congress member making the allegations.

All Deshprabhu had to say was, "I find it intriguing myself as to why no action has been taken against D'Sa."

With newspaper headlines screaming from the top, it seems the politics of rave parties is likely to become a major issue in the elections due in less than two months.

(With inputs from Ruksh Chatterji in Mumbai)

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