Panaji: Excise licences of 14 restaurants
and bars, including Curlies Shack on Anjuna beach which became
infamous in the Scarlett Eden Keeling death case, have been
suspended for violating the election code of conduct.
State Excise Commissioner P S Reddy said here today that
the licences were suspended in the past two days.
The bars and liquor outlets have been asked to shut down
by 11 pm until the March 3 Goa assembly polls.
Of the bars against which action has been taken, 10 are
from the tourist areas of Calangute, Anjuna, Candolim and
Arpora, including Curlies Bar and Restaurant.
The shack was in the news after the death of British
teenager Scarlet in the area four years ago. Investigation had
revealed that Scarlett used to spend time at this shack.
Reddy said that licences were suspended for operating
beyond the permissible time, not maintaining records of liquor
sales/ purchases and other violations.
They have been issued notices, giving a week to explain
why the licences should not be cancelled.
Excise officials have confiscated more than 22,000 litres
of alcohol after the code of conduct came into effect. The
department has been asked to ensure that liquor is not used to
woo the voters.