The police of North Goa raided the region’s floating casinos on Monday after 11:00 p.m. to find out if they were still serving liquor.
Thy found that none of the casinos were serving liquor after 11:00 p.m. and that some of the casinos had even set up a board at their entrance, stating that they will not serve liquor after 11:00 p.m. because the Election Commission of India has issued strict guidelines that liquor is not to be served after 11:00 p.m.
According to certain sources, the North Goa police conducted this raid because the collector had issued instructions at a meeting that the police had to keep an eye on the floating casinos and ensure that they were really following ECI guidelines, which directed bars to stop serving liquor after 11:00 p.m.
Sources at Casino Pride on River Mandovi said that Bossuet D’Silva, the deputy superintendent of police, and six policemen checked the entire floating casino and left only when they were sure that the casino was not serving liquor.
Govekar, the deputy superintendent of police, raided Casino Carnival and two DySPs also conducted a raid on Casino Royale. The people in the casinos were surprised to see policemen on duty in the casinos. The raid continued till 1:30 a.m.
The North Goa police had also shut down eateries and entertainment venues along the coast of Goa at 11:00 p.m. They also closed down restaurants, eateries and even the Arpora night market.