The Congress party of the state of Goa demanded a review of the state’s casino security arrangements, especially for its five offshore casinos that operates in the coastal state. This was sparked in the wake of the tragic massacre that occurred at the Las Vegas concert last Sunday, 1st October that claimed the lives of 59 people and injured more than 500, leaving the entire world shocked.
Reports suggest that this was perhaps the deadliest mass shooting in modern history where a lone gunman, named Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire of a storm of bullets on unarmed, unassuming innocent public gathered at the outdoor live country music concert. He is known to have been 64 years old who opened mass firings at unarmed public from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel, thus, leaving several hundred wounded and 59 dead.
The president of Goa congress, Shantaram Naik told the reporters at a press meet held at Panaji on, October 4th, Wednesday that “The government must act quickly in taking measures and reviewing the security for the casinos in Goa. We as a party do not support the existence of casinos, but there are hundreds of thousands of people who are seen to go to those and must be protected.”
He further went on to say, “The owners of these casinos may not be interested in providing them security but it is the duty of the state government to ensure that the safety of the patrons is not compromised.”
In response to the aforementioned statements, the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, has ruled out the security review for the several casinos in the state and responded by saying that guns in Las Vegas is easily available, which is not the case in Goa. He further stated that the beach state is safe from such incidents occurring and indicated that the US massacre took place as ammunition and guns are easily available in the largest casino capital of the world i.e. Las Vegas.
In more recent poker news India, the state government of Goa, led by BJP party had sanctioned an extension of 6 months for their relocation from River Mandovi.