Imphal, July 27: Police here have launched a drive to crosscheck antecedents of tenants to prevent criminals and militants from engaging in disruptive activities while staying in rented premises.
Imphal East district police, led by additional superintendent of police (law and order) Pushpanjali, carried out the drive at Telipati here yesterday and will extend it to other areas of the district as well.
“In view of the rising instances of anti-socials, drug traffickers and militants taking shelter in rented houses, Imphal East police have taken the initiative to cross-check tenants to create safe neighbourhoods and instil a sense of confidence among the public,” Pushpanjali told The Telegraph. This is the first time such a campaign has been launched in the state.
Earlier, the police had distributed verification forms to tenants in Telipati area and asked them to submit it with details of the tenants’ names, native places, occupations, respective police stations, names of house owners along with photographs of both the tenants and the owners.
Altogether 159 tenants submitted the forms and the district police yesterday carried out the physical verification.
A similar procedure will be followed in other areas having high concentration of tenants, like Paomei Colony and Sangakpham in Imphal East, between August 1 and 10. The filled and verified forms will be sent to the respective police stations of the tenants’ permanent residences for further verification.
Pushpanjali said the move was initiated after several instances came to light of outstation criminals operating from rented premises in the district. She said three frauds from Tamil Nadu, using the name of a fraud company, had stayed for about four months at Hatta Golapti in Imphal and had fled after collecting about Rs 3 crore from gullible people by promising them households items dirt cheap. “We caught the trio last month from Guwahati, where they were running the same racket, and brought them to Manipur. A few days back, a Sikkim police team came and took them to Sikkim, where they are wanted in a similar case.”
Citing another case, she said an NSCN (I-M) cadre, who had recently shot dead a retired government official in Nagaland, fled the state and took shelter at Wangkhei in Imphal East. A Nagaland police team provided clues about his whereabouts to Imphal East police but the accused fled a day ahead of the raid.