Anjuna clubbers have come under fire by local lawmakers. Following the suspected deaths of two party attendees, lawmakers overseeing the village on the North Coast of Goa, India have set their sights on its world-renowned open-air music events.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar did not mince words when making his intentions towards the nightlife community known. “Late night rave parties are illegal and it is where drugs are consumed and distributed,” he told the media. “Rave parties on beaches or remote areas should be totally stopped.”
The police correlate a rise in drug use among youths to a “lack of direction” stemming from unemployment rates, among other things. The two individuals who passed away of suspected drug overdose on Monday, August 14th were 28-year-old Pravin Sundaram and 20-year-old Nidan Abdullah.
Anjuna became a destination for backpacking hippies in the 1960s, and eventually garnered renown for its trance parties. Perhaps most famously, the location served as inspiration for the name of the Anjunabeats label, which was founded by Above & Beyond members Jono Grant, Paavo Siiljamäki and Tony McGuinness.
Following the controversy, the owners of two Anjuna beach shacks have been arrested after police found waiters and patrons in possession of drugs.