Taking note of rising incidence of criminal activities in the twin city of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in Odisha, the commissionerate police have made it mandatory for all house owners to register their tenants with the concerned police stations.
Police commissioner R.P. Sharma yesterday issued a public order to this effect.
“The house owners of the twin city have to submit detailed information about their tenants in a declaration form to the concerned police station of their respective areas in every two months. They can also provide the information to the police through e-mail. If any house owner is found to have furnished wrong information to the police, he/she will have a six-month jail term with a fine of Rs 1000. We have asked the house owners to submit the above information within 10 days after the rules come into force from April 8 next,” police commissioner Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma said.
The declaration form would have signatures of both the landlord and tenant, along with particulars such as permanent address, occupation of tenant, phone numbers and photo copy of identity proof of tenants, such as passport, driving licence, voter card, pan card or a ration card.
Sharma said the landlords could download the form from the police website – www.bhubaneswarcuttackpolice.gov.in and submit the declaration form at the concerned police stations either by person or by registered post, addressing it to the concerned inspectors in-charge.
“They can also mail the scanned copy to the email address of the concerned police stations. The landlords, who have already rented their house before this order would have to submit the form within 10 days of the promulgation of the order,” said Sharma.
The order also stated that the violators would be booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code under which the violators shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.
The police said landlords must submit the form within 10 days of renting their house.