Indian Club Crackdown Hits Mumbai
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Submitted 02-07-12 19:12
Indian cops have launched a series of raids on clubs and bars in India’s most cosmopolitan city Mumbai, which the BBC reported this week is believed to be ‘a concerted attempt by authorities to restrict dancing and drinking’ by some music fans.
Hundreds demonstrated against the raid though state home minister, Satej Patil, dismissed their concerns told the BBC cops are simply applying long standing laws.
"We can assure people that actions against innocent people will not be happening," he told the BBC.
"But we don't want a stigma on Mumbai that rave parties are conducted here,” the Minister added.
Details of the nightlife clampdown coincided with a fresh travel alert for Brits travelling to Goa warning of thieves operating in the heart of the hippy/ backpacker district.
“Travellers staying in hotels on the smaller roads in the Candolim-Calangute belt are advised to be particularly careful when walking to or from the main road as there have been reports of bag snatchings taking place on these stretches since the beginning of 2012,” the Foreign Office warn.
“The perpetrators approach on two-wheelers with headlights on full-beam to blind their victims, snatch the bags and speed off.”
The official UK travel site also warns of tourists having their drinks spiked then ‘being robbed, sexually assaulted or dying’ with more specific advice about avoiding becoming isolated.
“Avoid beaches after dark, because of the risk of being attacked by packs of stray dogs, robbed or sexually assaulted. Avoid walking alone in isolated spots in the popular tourist areas, particularly after dark,” they recommend.
Female travellers should observe and respect local dress and customs. There has been a series of high-profile incidents in Goa of alleged rape against foreign nationals, including Britons.”
Foreign Office; official UK travel advice: http://bit.ly/aW57dD (‘“In Mumbai, there is a risk of armed robbers holding up taxis along the main highway from the airport to the city in the early hours of the morning. If you use the route during these times arrange to travel by coach where possible or seek advice at the airport on arrival.”
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