People heading to festivals in Goa, like Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic, might find tighter security than they’re normally used to this time.

Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar spoke about the threat, and the precautions being taken. He also said that they will make sure there is sufficient security at the events, and that permissions will be withheld until organisers meet the security demands.

“We want the best security in view of the IS threat. The single window permission committee headed by the chief secretary which grants permission for such events has decided to ask the organisers of the events to increase security,” said Parulekar. “The police will be there, but the organisers will also have to increase the security in view of the threat. The permissions will be granted once they comply with these conditions.”

Some of the more specific requests made include increasing the number of metal detectors at the EDM festival venues and sniffer dogs to keep track of possible explosive substances. While the organisers are making sure they take every precaution, the festivals will definitely go on. Terror threats are meant to spread fear and panic. The only way to fight against them is to not let the fear dominate, because that’s exactly what groups like ISIS aim for.


H/T: NDTV and The Business Standard