Every outsider living in the bordering district of Bikaner will now need a character certificate from police.
The district superintendent of police, Amandeep Singh Kapoor, has issued an order in this regard following an advisory from the intelligence wing. The order will come into effect from March 1 and applies to all houses, offices, hostels and companies.
In Bikaner, where thousands of workers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal are employed in agriculture, ceramic, guar gum, mining, seed oil and woolen industries, the verification process is going to be a tough task for police.
Citizens have been asked to get the character of their tenants, paying guests, drivers, watchmen and employees verified within 48 hours of engagement/appointment. Those already living in the district will get 15 days to obtain the certificate.
Kapoor told HT the people will have to follow the order for national security as well as safety of local residents.
“When we are living in this bordering area, we should be aware of who is living next door. The verification process will be carried out with the help of local police,” he said.
Inspector general of police (Bikaner range) Girraj Meena said the exercise will also be followed in other districts of the range. He said this was a precautionary effort to keep crime and criminals away.