Section 144 of CrPC imposed in Goa ahead of Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Easter and Eid

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Panaji: Goa Administration has imposed section 144 of CrPC in both its districts banning the public gatherings ahead of Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Easter and Eid-ul-Fitr festivals to control the spread of COVID19.

Both the district collectors on Saturday issued the order banning the gatherings under section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code of 1973.

The order reads that a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases is being witnessed in some parts of the country and the situation might further aggravate in view of the upcoming festivals such as Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Easter and Eid-ul-Fitr anticipating gathering, congregations and public celebrations.

“In order to contain the spread of the said epidemic, certain measures are required to be taken,” the order reads.

State Administration has said that in order to contain further spread of COVID-19 during the festivities such as Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Easter and Eid-ul-Fitretc, the state health department has imposed local restrictions in observance of these festivals as contained in the SOP of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

“It is essential to enforce social distancing of the people to prevent the spread of the disease, the section 144 of CrPC has been imposed,”the order reads.

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