Jammu, (UNI): Stating that there have been instances of anti-national and anti-social elements seeking hideouts in residential areas in the guise of tenants and domestic helps, the district administration of Samba has ordered disclosure of details of all outsiders working in different establishments as mandatory.
“We have made mandatory disclosure of details of outsiders working in industries, construction companies, business establishment, domestic helpers and as tenants (commercial and agricultural). Police verification thereof is needed,” Anuradha Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, Samba said in an order issued here.
She said that it has been brought to her notice that there is an imminent need to conduct verification of outsiders working in various establishments as there have been instances of anti-national and anti-social elements seeking hideouts in residential areas in the guise of tenants and domestic helps.
“Concerns have been raised by many residents time and again about the reported increase in cases of theft and drug trafficking in the district and it is necessary that some measures be taken to make the landlords, property owners and businessmen accountable before renting out and making available their premises to outsiders,” added the DC.
She said the threat posed by such adverse elements was an imminent danger to human safety, which warrants immediate preventive measures under section 144 of IPC, adding, “As District Magistrate, I have ordered and require all landlords, owners of properties, business establishment, attorney holders, persons incharge of properties in any capacity located in the District to comply strictly with the directions issued,” said the District Magistrate.
She said that all owners shall after the issuance of an order and within ten days of letting, sub letting, renting their house, business establishment or part thereof to any tenant(s) as per the Declaration Form, to be signed by both the owner and the tenant(s), to the concerned Police Station, either in person of by registered post addressed to the concerned Station House Officer.
“Those who have already rented out their accommodations shall submit without fail the detailed particulars of the outsiders in 10 days,” ordered the DC.
She also clarified that individuals relating to all arrangements of letting or sub-letting the property like Paying Guest, Tenants (Commercial and Agricultural) etc. shall also be covered and the owners who have allowed juggies (shanties) in their lands shall also be required to disclose the detail as per the declaration form.
“Every SHO have been directed to conduct verification of outsiders and also maintain a separate register for such purpose and any person contravening the order shall be punishable under section 188 of IPC,” said the Deputy Commissioner.