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Verification of tenants gains steam

- Police teams visit houses

Police are once again creating awareness among residents about the importance of tenant verification.

Senior police officers told The Telegraph that small teams, which comprise officers of the local stations, have been asked to hold meetings in different areas of their jurisdiction and ask people about their tenants. The police will also inform residents how to take help from the cops to verify their tenants’ background.

“The move has already borne results. In Patliputra, around 60,000 tenant verification forms have been distributed. Most of them have filled up the forms and have returned them to the police stations for verification. The drive would cover entire Patna,” senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said on Wednesday.

The police in January had uploaded two forms for residents on its website (patnapolice.bih.nic.in). One of them was the verification form for tenants and another was the verification form for the household helps.

“Some people had downloaded the forms in January. But the idea failed to garner much support. In July, the police accepted the fact that the plan bombed. Over the time we realised that we need to make on-the-ground attempts to make people understand the importance of tenant verification. The drive has been a hit in Patliputra,” another police officer said.

In case of verification form for tenants, an applicant needs to fill up details like name, present and permanent address, contact details, local guardian, if any, and their contact details, marital status and the date when he/she had given space for rent to the tenant. The applicant also has to mention his own name, address and contact details and fix a passport photo of the tenant. The landlord then has to take the signature of the tenant and drop the form to the nearest police station.

Many residents appreciated the police’s renewed vigour to make the capital safer.

“The more important thing lies in the fact that the police must promote the drive properly so that people know that there is such a facility. Most people don’t have the idea that such a system exists with the Patna police. Verification of tenants is very important considering the fact that terrorist activities have surged in Bihar. And in most cases, terrorists have stayed in the city as tenants,” said Avinash Kumar, who owns a private lodge at Ashok Rajpath.

data sought

• Name of the tenant/student
• Gender
• Father’s/husband’s name
• Present address
• Permanent address
• Contact/cellphone no.