The UT district magistrate has directed the owners of paying guest accommodations to inform their respective station house officers (SHOs) in writing about the antecedents of their paying guests within one month.
The order issued under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) by district magistrate Mohammed Shayin says, "A number of persons are living in Chandigarh as paying guests and not as tenants. These are students pursuing various courses, patients undergoing treatment and also others pursuing vocations. Since they are not tenants, they are not expected to be registered with the police. This in turn, may allow anti-social elements to reside in Chandigarh under the formal arrangement namely "paying guest". This arrangement involves charging for food and accommodation both."
"As the arrangement does not strictly fall in the category of tenancy or even the premises not in the category of guest house or a hotel, this category is not accounted for and, therefore, there is a likelihood that this arrangement is abused by anti-social elements who can hide themselves in the city and can cause breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquillity. In addition, there are also reports that immoral activities are being carried out by some paying guests which causes nuisance to neighbourers and others concerned," the order further reads.
Those failing to comply with the orders will be punished for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The order will come into force with effect from September 24 (midnight) and shall be effective for 60 days till November 11.
The district magistrate has also prohibited the use of cyber cafes by unknown persons whose identity has not been established.
The cyber cafe owners have been directed to maintain a register for the identity of the visitors/users. As per the directions, the identity of the visitor/user shall be established through identity card, voter card, ration card, driving licence, passport and photo credit card.