The Telegraph
Thursday , July 17 , 2014
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Uniform omission
- How callous disregard for tenant check and policing lethargy have made the capital a safe haven for terrorists

Ranchi, a city steeped in history, became symptomatic of modern malaise last October when security agencies trailed masterminds and handlers of the Patna terror blasts to its Sithio neighbourhood under Dhurwa police station area.

What followed next was a series of damning exposés of the Jharkhand capital’s vulnerability as an extremist hideout. The latest happened on Sunday when Ranchi and Gumla police nabbed a PLFI zonal commander with bounty on his head. Bhushan Lakra was living on rent in the elite Morabadi area for close to a year, baring once again how poor tenant verification has made the city susceptible to security threats.

A.S.R.P. MUKESH speaks to officers four prominent police stations to gauge the gaps


Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar conceded that routine tenant verification is rarely done. “People are either not aware or are very casual in their approach. Ideally, they should first furnish tenant details to the respective thana after which it is the job of the in-charge to see verification is done within a week. Action can be taken against a police station that doesn’t,” he said.

He added that the administration too should think out-of-the-box. “Awareness campaigns involving peace committees and local thanas can help. I will see how this can be done.”