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CCTVs must at Chas lodges

Chas police on Tuesday spelt out security measures for hotels and lodges to prevent them from turning into safe havens for terrorists, Naxalites and criminals.

At a meeting with the owners of around 24 lodges and other accommodation facilities, Chas inspector Naresh Sahay made it clear that they have to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at reception and corridors to keep a tab on movement of guests, including the time of their arrival and departure.

Sahay, who was carrying out an order issued by Bokaro SP Kuldip Dwivedi recently, asked owners to check identity proofs of all guests, maintain a register and furnish details to local police stations within 48 hours of arrival. Police stations, on receiving the guest details, will issue stamped receipts to owners.

“The main reason behind asking hoteliers to take these measures is to ensure foolproof security in Chas. A proper surveillance and monitoring system will help us nab criminals, who sneak into hotels at odd hours, and carry out operations from there,” Sahay said.

A week ago, SP Dwivedi had held a meeting, asking all OCs to summon hoteliers and lodge owners and seek their cooperation in improving law and order situation in the district.

Chas, which has the maximum lodges in Bokaro district, has reasons to be apprehensive as several Naxalites and criminals have been arrested from here in the past. Many of them had taken shelter with fake identity.

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