It’s been a week since Section 144 had been imposed in North Goa for 2 months citing intelligence inputs regarding possible terror. But now its time to rejoice, since the District Magistrate of Goa withdrew Section 144 in the northern part of the region due to the world-famous Goa Carnival. Commencing from 22nd Februrary, this carnival attracts people from all over the world, so to not cause any hindrance to this mega event Section 144 was withdrawn. So maybe it is time to make your Goa plans!
What’s In It?
The District Magistrate’s order for Section 144 in North Goa on 13th February, left the Goa Police confused as the Goa Carnival would be starting soon and this decision would drive away a large number of tourists. Senior officials stated that they were unaware of any intelligence input that might cause a terror threat in the coastal region.
However, Goa Police did admit that this was a routine order. they also revealed that there was confusion on the first few lines as there was no valuable input on intelligence threat with them at this stage. The order flags the possibility of anti-social elements with the intention of committing a crime. According to the two-page order its mandatory for tenants to verify antecedents of occupants before giving them accommodation at hotels and homes.
The BJP ruled Goa government had received criticism and Opposition for the routine imposition of Section 144. Since the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya temple issue in mid-October, prohibitory orders have been imposed in the state, which was later extended for over a month. The Opposition has also pointed to Section 144 being imposed in North Goa in the wake of anti-CAA protests.
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However, the Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant has assured tourists to not worry about visiting the state as the week-long Goa carnival will commence with full swing on 22nd February. So if you’replanning to go to Goa for the carnival don’t put a hold on your plans as the Section 144 in North Goa has been revoked. You can Dine 160 Feet Up In The Air At Goa’s Sky Dining