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Section 144 withdrawn

Panaji: North Goa District Collector, on Monday, withdrew the order that was issued under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) from the district after having come under a strong criticism from the opposition parties for ordering the imposition of the Section 144 citing terror threat. 

The order had drawn a strong disapproval from the tourism stakeholders and opposition parties for ‘creating a false terror alert when actually there was no valuable input on intelligence threat with the police.’

“The order issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code stands withdrawn with an immediate effect,” reads Monday’s  order, signed by North Goa District Magistrate Gopal Parsekar. Section 144 of CrPC was imposed in the North Goa district on February 12 for two months, following intelligence inputs about the possible terror threat along the western coast, making it mandatory for tenants to verify antecedents of occupants before granting accommodation at homes and hotels.

The announcement had said that “Section 144 has been imposed in view of the prevailing situation in the country, and intelligence inputs regarding the possible terror threats along the western coast of India, and the possibility of anti-social elements committing crime in Goa or elsewhere.”

“It is necessary to ensure proper verification of the antecedents of persons staying in residential accommodation on rent or in hotels, lodging, and boarding, private guest houses, paying guest accommodation of religious bodies, etc,” the order issued by the district magistrate had mentioned.

Meanwhile, the Additional Collector, South, Surendra Naik, on Monday, informed that the imposed Section 144 of CrPC has been withdrawn from the South Goa  district, which is otherwise a routine imposition emphasising  more on the tenant verification.

Speaking to this daily, Naik said, “We have withdrawn Section 144 in South Goa district in view of the panicky situation in other areas.  This Section  is normally imposed at the request of the district superintendent of police, emphasising more on the tenant verification. This is issued on routine basis, but today we have withdrawn it till further orders.”

He said that the people should not panic over  the Section 144 in the South Goa district.

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