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Eyes on cybercafes as I-Day nears

delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2007 02:29 IST
Ravi Bajpai
Ravi Bajpai
Hindustan Times
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For the next two months do carry a photo-identity card while visiting a cyber café in the city. Ahead of the Independence Day, the police have ordered strict instructions that no stranger should be allowed to use Internet services at public places.

Outgoing Police Commissioner KK Paul issued an order detailing the dos and donts for cyber-café owners on Wednesday. Visitors can utilise Internet services only on producing any one of these documents: an identity card, voter card, ration card, driving licence, passport or a photo credit card.

Café owners will have to maintain a visitor register, in which visitors will have to fill in their names, addresses, telephone numbers and identity proofs in their handwriting. The order will be in effect up to September 23. Defaulters will be booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code that invites a maximum imprisonment of one month or Rs 200 fine or both.

The police apprehended that criminal elements or terrorists might access these cafés to mislead security agencies and endanger the state's security, said an officer.

The police have also intensified their tenant-verification drive. "We have arrested some landlords for not verifying their tenants, which should send out a strong message to defaulters," said a police officer.

The police have registered 28 cases against landlords, cyber-café owners and telephone-booth owners since July 17.

"In many cases landlords are not even aware of the people living in their property. It is the landlord’s duty to inform the police about all the details. If they fail to do so action can be initiated against them under provisions of the Indian Penal Code. It is a non-bailable offence and many a time magistrates remand the landlords in judicial custody," said Anil Shukla, deputy commissioner of police (South).

Telephone-booth operators are also supposed to keep a record of all the numbers to which calls are made. The police say these rules are framed to prevent the misuse of the premises for any terrorist activity.