Now, 'Suraksha' to ensure safety of households

Data of tenants, inmates of PGs for professionals to be collated

Now, 'Suraksha' to ensure safety of households

In the year 2006, residents of Rajiv Nagar, here, woke up to hear that the reclusive two young tenants of a room in the locality were suspected terrorists of Al Badr group. In another case, a gang had rented a home, only to commit dacoity later. Likewise there are ample such cases, where the sentinels are sent into a tizzy.

To check the recurrence of such incidents, the city police, on Saturday, launched ‘Suraksha’, a drive to collect information on tenants (of houses). This comes close on the heels of the successful launch of ‘Abhaya’, a drive to ensure the welfare of senior citizens.

Announcing this to media, Police Commissioner M A Saleem said, the drive intends to collate the data of tenants in a systematic manner. A first of its kind step, the commissioner said, it will not only help get rid of social elements, if any, with cities turning out to be sleeper cells for many hardcore criminals, but also owners, who at times are taken for a ride by tenants.

The commissioner said, such initiatives are inevitable in cities with neighbours hardly communicating with each other. The data collected is also exempt from Right to Information (RTI) Act, for security reasons.

Under the drive, house owners and tenants, though not mandatory, should fill a prescribed form available at police stations. 

Soon, it will be made available online too (on the dedicated website of the city police). The form consists of 14 columns, in two different heads, seeking basic information along with ID proofs, including Aadhaar card to validate the same. While a copy will be retained at the station, another will be given to the landlord. 

The third set of the form will be dispatched to the jurisdictional station of the tenant’s native places to check for criminal antecedents, if any.

The commissioner clarified that the drive was restricted only for domicile and paying guest accommodations for working men and women. Hostels and commercial centres do not come under its purview.

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