Police want closure of several night clubs in North Goa
July, 22nd 2011
Panaji,(PTI) Police have asked Excise Department to shutdown several night clubs in the North Goa's Calangute tourist belt, claiming they have become breeding ground for criminal activities. A letter seeking closure of these clubs was issued to the department after Chief Minister Digambar Kamat asked the police to take action on the frequent complaints of crimes in the area, Superintendent of Police Arvind Gauns told PTI. Local Congress MLA Agnelo Fernandes had written a letter to Kamat pointing out to the illegal activities due to these clubs. The Chief Minister marked the letter to police asking for suitable action in the matter. The Home Ministry had told the Excise Department that liquor outlets, which are open till late night, are the prime reason for several criminal activities. It had said timing restriction can solve the problem to a great extend. The current rules allow the bars to be open till 5 am if they pay extra fees. Gauns has suggested that liquor should not be served after 11 pm. Police have asked Excise Department to revoke licences of the clubs identified by them. Excise officials have, however, pleaded helplessness in implementing the directive. Excise Commissioner P S Reddy said the timing of closure of bars should be decided by the State Government. "It's matter of Government policy. If Government takes a decision that the bars should be closed by 11 pm, we will implement their order." The department is also reluctant to cancel licences of these clubs as "there are no specific cases against them". "We cannot do it without proper case against them," Reddy maintained.