Thursday, January 18, 2018
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The  SSP, Mr Umesh Kumar Srivastava,  has  done well to order the verification of all new tenants who might have come to stay in the city—temporarily or permanently. The  house-owners, particularly in congested areas, have been warned that they must have police verification done of all the newcomers who may seek  accommodation with them, failing which, they will also be held accountable in case the new occupant is  caught in some criminal act.

Verification forms are available at police stations. Once the police inquiry is over, the house-owner will get all details about the new occupant of their house—his past, present and the rest of it.

I must compliment the SSP, Mr Umesh Kumar Srivastava, for taking this necessary step. At the same time I would like to suggest that this verification alone may not prove to be sufficient though something would be better than nothing. In this connection I would like to warn the police from another angle too. The new tenant might  have had police verification done. But would that alone be sufficient? A watch will have to be kept on those who visit these new tenants and stay with them overnight. How can one be sure that those tenants, who have been given clearance after police verification, may not be getting visitors of doubtful integrity? This is very important. Along with the verification of tenants the police must also make it obligatory for the people of the locality to report to them about any stranger who might of late have been frequenting their area. This is most essential. If the visitor is coming periodically, sometimes late in the night, and staying with those whose records have already been verified, won’t that mean that something fishy is there? Now that verification has been made compulsory, it might not be unreasonable to assume that those planning a conspiracy would ensure foolproof information about themselves so that they get easy clearance. How do we know that the information being furnished is true in all cases? May be in the case of 99 per cent of new tenants the information  acquired through the verification drive is correct. It is not that 99 per cent who matters. It is the one per cent of new comers who might be harbouring dangerous plans for the mohalla or the city or the country. How do we go about dealing with them? The police will have to give some thought to the possibility of crooks staying in the city in the garb of gentlemen. They can indeed prove to be more dangerous than one can imagine. It may not be unreasonable to warn that the real mischief planners would pose to be most decent and dignified. They may smile and smile and yet be villains. Will ordinary police be able to see through their game, especially the constable on the beat who may not be immune  to the temptation of accepting small gifts distributed by such persons to make themselves welcome and popular in the localities concerned?

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