Published On : Tue, Apr 10th, 2018

With spurt in crimes, cops make it ‘mandatory’ for house owners to provide tenants’ details

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Nagpur: With the crimes peaking every passing day and putting the cops in Second Capital City of Nagpur on the edge, an array of measures have been put in place to ensure law and order.

The centrally located city, called the heart of the nation, is turning out to be favourite place for criminal elements, many from outside the city, to carry out their nefarious acts. In view of spurt in crimes such as chain-snatching, house-breaking, robberies, murders, thefts, and other crimes, the city police have girded their loins to smash the crimes with heavy hand. As the city is gaining importance politically, economically, educationally, a number of people are migrating to the city for job and business purpose.

The city police have found that many anti-social elements from other places such as Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and other states seeking to stay as tenants and commit crimes particularly the chain snatching.

Faced with disturbing scenario, the city police have now made it mandatory for house-owners, who have rented out their premises, to provide details of their tenants to the jurisdictional police stations. The owners are required to furnish the details failing which will attract penal action against them under Section 188 of the IPC. It was found that the owners were hesitating to share details of their tenants as there was no legal binding to the rule, a release issued by police said. Now, city police have made it “mandatory” under Section 144 of CrPC for owners to provide information about their tenants. The owners have to click on “Inform Police Station about Rental House” link in the Nagpur Police Commissionerate’s website http://nagpurpolice.gov.in. The facility has been made available from April 8, 2008.

The owners can also provide tenant information by post, registered post and personally visiting the police station. Owners have been asked to secure passport size photographs and address of the tenants. Similarly, information regarding the profession of tenants, their native place, personal information have to be secured by the owners. If the tenant is foreigner, his or her name, nationality, passport number, issuing authority, visa limit will have to be secured and informed to police. Owners of houses, apartments, serviced apartments and paying-guest accommodations should compulsorily provide their tenants’ details — name, permanent address, occupation, mobile number, Aadhaar card, voters’ ID card, passport and other details, along with a photograph.

The compilation of details of tenants and paying guests was necessary to ensure security of the city and maintenance of law and order.

With Nagpur’s rapid industrialisation and the population boom, several people from outside the district and the State have found employment in the city. A few among them take advantage of the “anonymity” to commit terror acts, murder, extortion, dacoity and other heinous crimes, and go absconding, making it difficult for the police to trace them.