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After terror weekend, spotlight on tenants

delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2008 23:15 IST
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In wake of the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad over the weekend, Delhi Police have intensified the tenant verification drive. With fresh inputs coming in that sleeper cells of terrorists might seek a hideout in residential areas, the police have started taking action against landlords not adhering to the rules.

In south Delhi, five landlords have landed in trouble for not verifying the tenants. They were given a notification and were arrested subsequently. As it was a bailable offence, they came out the same day. Now, a city magistrate would try the case.

The Commissioner of Police had recently directed all the deputy commissioners of police to verify tenants in their jurisdiction and take legal action against the erring landlords.

“In July, we have approached about 1,200 houses and have verified 300 tenants,” said Devesh Chandra Srivastava, DCP (north).

The police said they have urged all the residents’ welfare associations to cooperate with them and help in spreading awareness.

“Those dealing in property shall also inform in writing to the concerned SHO, in whose jurisdiction the premises fall, about the particulars of the said tenants,” the police said.

The intensive drive comes in wake of the Independence Day celebrations. “We have received inputs that militants in guise of tenants may cause explosions, riots, shootouts among other crimes. So, immediate action is necessary for the prevention of the same,” the police said.

“As many as 4,342 landlords have informed us about the tenants, we are in the process of verifying them,” said NS Bundela, DCP (northwest).

The police said special emphasis is being given to areas in the walled city, Jamia Nagar, New Friends Colony, some parts of central Delhi. Anyone contravening the order is liable to be punished under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. Under this section, any offender can face imprisonment.