Hyundai Creta drowns in Goa’s Vagator beach: Driver arrested, car seized [Video]

Monsoons have reached the southern part of the country, which means it is also raining in the parts like Goa. Driving on beaches in Goa is banned but during the rains, the authorities close down the beaches to avoid any mishaps. But the infamous tourists from Delhi do not care about such bans. Police have arrested a tourist in Goa for driving on the beach and seized the car.

Many videos of the incident have become viral on the Internet. One of the videos shows the group driving on the new Hyundai Creta on the Goan beach in stormy weather. After some time, the vehicle gets stuck as they try to drive the vehicle deeper into the water.

While we are not sure if the authorities were able to rescue the vehicle from the sea but the tourists have been arrested.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jivba Dalvi told IANS that the accused has been identified as Lalit Kumar Dayal. He was driving the Goa-registered Hyundai Creta. It seems like they took the vehicle on rent from local vendors.

The driver of the car Lalit has been arrested by the police and they have seized the Hyundai Creta as well. The police have registered an FIR under sections 279, and 336 of the Indian Penal Code.

Hyundai Creta drowns in Goa’s Vagator beach: Driver arrested, car seized [Video]

Further, the police have submitted a report in the RTO against the car owner Sangeeta Gavadalkar from Mapusa. Further action will be taken against the vehicle owner as well.

Tourists have been arrested in the past

Many tourists were arrested by the Goa police in the past for similar crimes. A tourist from Chennai was arrested by the Pernem police of Goa for driving a self-drive rented Maruti Suzuki Swift on the Morjim beach. While the beach was not too crowded, such an activity could have been endangering tourists.

Another tourist was arrested by the police after his Hyundai i20 got stuck on the beach. The cops arrested the man after the sea washed away the rented vehicle.

There have been instances where vehicles of ministers have got stuck on the beaches. It takes massive effort to recover such vehicles from the beaches as the rescue vehicle also faces challenges in the sand.

But what if you really want to take your vehicle to the beaches? Well, there are a few beaches in India that allow private vehicles to enter legally. There is a beach in Kerala, which allows vehicles to enter after an entry fee. Most of the beaches have soft sand that causes the vehicles to get stuck. However, Muzapillangad Beach in Kerala has hard sand that ensures that the cars do not get stuck.

Shantonil Nag

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