MAPUSA, Goa, India – An Ukrainian tourist created a ruckus at Arambol on Saturday evening and damaged a religious cross. Villagers say this is the third such incident in recent times, where religious structures have been desecrated by intoxicated tourists and demanded a solution to the menace.
Sources said that Ukrainian national Leonid Cherchernish, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, started misbehaving at Khalchawada, in Arambol on Saturday evening. He began by jumping on a parked car and mocking the people and then went on to damage a stall selling sunglasses.
The Ukrainian later walked into the compound of a house and damaged the cross in front of the house. Locals tried to bring the tourist under control but found him difficult to deal with. A local panchayat member informed police who intervened and detained the tourist.
“This is the third incident where a foreign tourist has damaged a cross in Arambol, it has hurt our sentiments. We demand that the police keep vigilance and stop such incidents in the future,” local panch Inacio D’Souza said.
Locals claim that some foreign tourists are mostly found creating nuisance on the coastal belt of Arambol. “The home ministry should look into the matter and should also deploy additional police personnel on the coastal belt of Arambol during the tourist season” D’Souza said.