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Liquor bars to remain shut post 11pm

In view of the March 3 assembly elections, the South Goa district collector, Sandeep Jacques, issued a public notice ordering all liquor shops, bar and restaurants, food joints, shacks, etc located in South Goa to be closed by 11pm from January 25 up to February 5 and strictly by 10pm from February 6 till the completion of elections.

“In furtherance of the guidelines of the Election Commission of India to prevent undue influence of voters through distribution of liquor and also to preserve peace and tranquility, it is felt appropriate that the timing of closure of all liquor shops/bars and restaurants and other eateries need to be curtailed,” Jacques said in the notice which has been issued in exercise of powers vested in him under provision of Section 144 of the Cr PC read with Section 29 (A) of the Goa Excise Duty Act, 1964.

The notice warns that any such establishments found violating the said restrictions on timings will have to face action leading to cancellation of their licenses and the owner shall also be liable for penal action under Section 188 of the IPC.

Jacques, has, in the same notice, directed flying squads, excise officials and police to act immediately in case of any violation and report such cases to the excise commissioner and the returning officer concerned.

The returning officer is required to immediately file an FIR in that regard, the notice says.

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