Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) which bans unlawful assembly of people, has been recently imposed in North Goa district after some intelligence inputs about a possible terror threat along the western coast were recieved.
North Goa District Magistrate R. Menaka issued a notification on Monday which said the order imposing CrPC Section 144 will be in effect for 60 days, from February 11 to April 10, unless withdrawn earlier.
The notification read, “Section 144 has been imposed in view of the prevailing situation in the country, and intelligence inputs regarding possible terror threats along the western coast of India and the possibility of anti-social elements committing crime in Goa or elsewhere.”
“It is absolutely necessary to take speedy measures to prevent danger to human life, and thwart and prevent any type of terrorist activities which may affect the security of the State and create disturbance of public order and tranquility,” Ms. Menaka said in the notification.
The district magistrate has ordered that the owners of houses, buildings, hotels, lodgings, private guest houses, and paying guest accommodations of religious bodies strictly verify the antecedents of all persons before letting out their premises on lease or rent.