NSA invoked in Goa for three months


The state has invoked the National Security Act (NSA) in Goa for a period of three months. Sources said this has been done to crack the whip against anti-social elements.
The notification was issued in the official gazette on Thursday and states that the government issued it, "having regard to the circumstances likely to prevail in any area within the local limits of the jurisdiction of the district magistrates of north and south Goa…"Denying that there is any specific threat or intelligence input, a government official described the invoking of NSA as a routine matter. "We cannot be invoking NSA only when we need to do so," the official said.
With NSA being invoked, the police department will submit cases to the district magistrates to ascertain whether the offenders need to be dealt with under provisions of NSA 1980.
"We will determine after conducting the inquiry as to whether the person in the case referred under NSA is to be detained," north Goa district magistrate and collector Mihir Vardhan said.
With the issuance of the notification, the district magistrates are vested powers to conduct the inquiry. "The police will refer us the cases, and we will have the powers to conduct the inquiry," Vardhan said. [TOI]