Goa police tightens security on Christmas eve

Last Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 22:17

Panaji: Goa police has tightened the
security at religious places and around popular spots as
visitors throng streets to celebrate Christmas in the coastal
state.

Around 200 churches and chapels were all set to hold
mid-night masses today to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ
in the state that has about 30 per cent Catholic population.

Religious centres would be under constant vigil with
door frame metal detectors to screen the devotees, Goa police
spokesman Atmaram Deshpande told reporters today.

Two companies of para-military forces are stationed in
the state to oversee law and order situation, he said.

The state capital Panaji is decked up to celebrate
Christmas with shops selling Christmas goodies.

"There is not much impact on sales although prices have
gone up. Christmas season sounds good," Kirit Maganlal,
chairman, retail committee of Goa Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (GCCI) said.

Lyndon Monteiro, vice chairman, Goa Tourism Development
Corporation said all the hotels owned by corporation has a
chock a block booking. "We have hundred per cent bookings and it will continue till January," he said.

PTI




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