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No case of drug use reported at Sunburn fest this yr: Goa cops

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Even as some opposition parties in Goa suspect that drug overdose could be behind the death of two tourists at the Sunburn music festival, the state police on Sunday said that no case of narcotics use or abuse has been reported during this year's event so far.

The annual music festival, which started at Vagator in North Goa on Friday, will conclude on Sunday.

Two tourists from Andhra Pradesh had collapsed at the entry gate of Sunburn on Friday evening and were taken to a hospital in Mapusa, where they were declared dead. Their post-mortem report is yet to come out.

The Congress has earlier expressed suspicion that the deaths could have been caused due to drug overdose.

In a statement issued here, the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Goa Police said no cases of drug use or abuse have been reported at the Sunburn Electronic Dance Music festival so far this year.

It also said that a newly-trained dog squad has been deployed to scan the premises of the venue and detect the use of drugs.

"Drug sniffer dogs have been deployed for the first time in a public event at Sunburn 2019," it said.

Three undercover teams of the ANC are deployed inside the venue for active detection, police said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sun, December 29 2019. 16:50 IST