PANAJI: North Goa district collector Levinson J Martins has issued orders imposing restrictions on all the accommodation providers in the state including religious bodies, as well as local cyber cafes in view of such a request received from the superintendent of police, North Goa district, Porvorim, in view of terrorist threat to the western coast of India.
The request from SP, North Goa has stated that “in view of prevailing situation in the country and intelligence inputs regarding terrorist threats to western coast of India and the possibility of antisocial elements with an intention of committing crime in Goa/ elsewhere staying in house/ flats/ building premises on rent, 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 guesthouses, paying guest accommodation of religious bodies, etc.”
The order dated February 11, 2019 further maintained, “And whereas, it is absolutely necessary to take speedy measures to prevent danger to human life and to thwart and prevent terrorist activities which may affect the security of the state and create disturbance of public order and tranquillity and for this purpose all the owners of houses, buildings, flats and other residential accommodation and the owners/ management of all hotels, lodging and boarding, private guesthouses, paying guest accommodation of religious bodies, are required to verify the antecedents of all the persons before letting out their premises on lease, rent or on hire basis to such persons.”
Another order observing about cyber cafes states, “it has come to notice that certain antisocial elements/ terrorists are using these facilities to mislead the security and investigating agencies, create panic in the public, endanger the security of VVIPs and vital installations and help in the terrorist activities, thereby directly affecting the security of the state.”
“The owner of the cyber cafe shall prohibit the use of cyber cafe by unknown person and whose identity has not been established by the owner of the cafe,” the order directs, pointing out, “the identity of the visitor/ user shall be established through government identity card only like voter card, driving licence, smart card, passport, etc.”
It also stresses that CCTV camera should be installed by the owners of the cyber cafes at the entry point of each cyber cafe.