BREAKING: Section 144 Imposed In North Goa For 2 Months

by Sanjana Shenoy
BREAKING: Section 144 Imposed In North Goa For 2 Months

Your plans to chill in North Goa might have to be put on hold for the next couple of months. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been imposed on North Goa for 2 months following intelligence inputs on possible terror threats along the western coast. Section 144 in North Goa bans unlawful assembly of people. R Menaka, the District Magistrate 0f North Goa issued a notification on Monday, issuing Criminal Procedure Code of Section 144 which will be in effect for 60 days, from 11th February to 10th April, unless it’s withdrawn earlier.

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What’s In It?

The notification issued by North Goa District Magistrate, R Menaka stated that Section 144 has been imposed due to the prevailing situation in the country. Intelligence inputs have been received regarding possible terror threats along the western coast of India and there is a possibility of anti-social elements committing crimes in Goa or elsewhere.

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Menaka stated that it’s absolutely necessary to take precautions to prevent danger to human life and to prevent any kind of terrorist activities which might affect the security of Goa and create disturbances of public order and tranquillity. According to the orders of the district magistrate owners of buildings, houses, hotels, private guest houses, lodgings and paying guest accommodations of religious bodies must strictly verify the family and social backgrounds of all people before letting them into their premises on lease or rent.

What’s More?

The implementation of Section 144 of the CrPC in North goa for 60 days, authorises the Executive Magistrate of the state to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area. According to the law, every member of the ‘unlawful assembly’ can be booked for engaging in rioting. While this doesn’t mean that public activity is banned altogether, but groups of people are not permitted to carry weapons like sticks and sharp objects. Violation of this can mean jail up to three years. In a recent update of this news, Jaspal Singh, Goa’s Inspector General stated to India Today that this measure is taken not due to any terror angle. It’s in fact due to ongoing verification drive of tenants. Goa officials want to ensure that no dodgy person without proper documents is able to rent an accommodation in the region. Did you know Goa To Get 2nd International Airport In Mopa In Three Years?

Where Can You Go In Goa?

While there is a strict imposition on North Goa, you can still chill at South Goa. Some of our suggested places would be Colva, Palolem Beach and more!