In the wake of intelligence inputs about probable terror threat along the western coast, Section 144
of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 (CrPC)
has been imposed in Panaji, North Goa
district.As per the notification issued by North Goa District Magistrate R Menaka
on February, 10, 2020,
the order imposing Section 144 of CrPC will stay effective for 60 days from February 11 to April 10, 2020
unless revoked earlier.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.
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. This is usually imposed when there are urgent cases or intel on the possible threat or danger to the state, which has the possibility to cause trouble and damage to human life and property. It generally prohibits public gathering.
So if you have any plans on visiting Goa, it might be best advised to put them on hold in light of Section 144 imposed and the possible threat of danger to the western coastal area in India Author: Khushi Singh