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PG scan on Salt Lake homes

All paying guests in Salt Lake will have to provide details such as their permanent address, parents’ name, reason of stay in the city and the contact of at least one local reference to police.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asked officers of the Bidhannagar commissionerate to go door to door to draw up a list of paying guests at Salt Lake.

“Many terrorists and Maoists are infiltrating the city and living as paying guests in peaceful places like Salt Lake. The commissionerate should take it as an order and visit every house in Salt Lake and prepare a detailed record of each and every paying guest,” Mamata said at the inauguration of a three-storey administrative building in Salt Lake’s BJ Block and a computerised railway ticket reservation centre at Bidhannagar Municipality.

“The records will also ensure the safety of paying guests. Their family members can be promptly contacted during an emergency,” the chief minister said.

According to civic records, around 70 per cent of Salt Lake houses have paying guests, most of whom work at Sector V or study in the hotel management and business management institutions in the area.

Three Myanmarese and two Chinese paying guests had been arrested from the Salt Lake house of former CBI joint director and now minister of backward classes welfare Upen Biswas in 2003 and 24 kg of drugs seized from them.

With Bidhannagar police commissioner Rajiv Kumar by her side, Mamata asked the police to increase “mobility”. “Do not just sit inside police stations. Step up vigil on the road and make regular rounds of the township.”