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‘Registration of tenants a necessity to prevent crimes’

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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG: Registration of the tenants was the focal point of discussion during an interaction of the police with the traditional heads and headmen from various localities of Shillong as part of the ‘Safe-Secure-Shillong’ initiative.

While endorsing the suggestions made by the police on the importance of registering the tenants to keep a check on the growing cases of crime in the city, the traditional heads sought the help of the police in ascertaining the credentials of those people who come from others parts of the region to reside in their respective localities.

“We face problems in ascertaining the credentials of people coming from other parts of the region to stay in the locality. As the head of the locality, I have always found it difficult to confirm whether they are genuine people before allowing them to stay in the locality,” Rangbah Shnong of Cleve Colony, KL Tariang, pointed out during the interaction at the DGP Conference Hall here on Friday.

“I want to know if it is possible on the part of the police to certify such person after ascertaining their credentials from the place where they originally hailed form,” Tariang said.

In reply, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police M Kharkrang said it would be difficult for the police to ascertain the credentials of each and every tenant who hails from other parts of the region.

“The police can always seek details about the tenants who hailed from other States from the concerned Superintendents of Police (SPs) of the areas where they originally belong to. While a few respond to our request, the difficulty is that majority of them do not respond. Therefore, it is very difficult for the police to get the necessary details,” Kharkrang said.

Urging the Rangbah Shnong to provide details of the tenants who come to stay in their locality, Kharkrang said that this would itself act as a deterrent to those people who have evil intentions.

“There are numerous cases where such people have fled away after learning that the local Dorbar Shnong has submitted their details to the police,” Kharkrang said.

Earlier, making a power point presentation, the SP said that the police always face great difficulty when they go to make any arrest since the land lord does not have any details about his tenant.

“This trend is prevailing in majority of the localities. In order to curb crime in the city, I urge upon the local Dorbar Shnong to insist that lands lords verify the antecedents of a person who wants to become their tenants,” he said.

Kharkrang also stated that people with criminal backgrounds generally prefer to reside in localities which are unregulated.

“This trend is prevailing in localities where there is huge floating population. These people know that the police would face difficult in ascertaining their antecedents if they stay in such localities,” the police official said.

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