KUPWARA: The District Magistrate Kupwara has directed the landlords to submit details of their tenants within 10 days to the concerned police stations and asked the Senior Superintendents of Police, Kupwara and Handwara to implement the order in letter & spirit.
As per an order issued by District Magistrate Kupwara, Dr Sagar D Doifode, “Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara vide his letter No. CS/M-29/2023/2481 dated 06-4-2023 has reported that landlords are providing accommodation & properties to tenants without informing concerned Police Stations and Police Posts.”
“Superintendent of Police, Kupwara has further reported that there are serious security apprehensions if the landlords shall not timely inform concerned Police Stations/Police Posts regarding the tenants,” it said, adding that the SSP Kupwara has requested that there is an imminent need to inform all the landlords of district Kupwara to maintain register and inform concerned Police Stations or Police Posts regarding the tenants on the prescribed format.
It is necessary that some steps are taken to make the landlords, property owners accountable before renting out or making available their premises to tenants, so that the criminals, anti-social, anti-national elements in the guise of tenants do not succeed in Commission of crime in the Community, it added.
“I consider the threat being posed by such anti-social elements as an imminent apprehended danger to public safety and security that warrants immediate Preventive measures,” the order reads.
“Now therefore, for the reasons stated in the preceding paras, and in exercise of powers vested in me under Section 144 CrPC, I, District Magistrate, Kupwara do hereby order and require all landlords, owners of properties, attorney holders, persons in-charge of premises in any capacity (hereafter called as building owners) located in the entire jurisdiction of District Kupwara to comply strictly with the directions,” it said.
“All Building Owners shall after the issuance of this order and within ten days of letting/ sub-letting / renting out his /her house or part thereof to any tenant(s), submit without fail the detailed particulars of the tenant(s) to be signed by both the owner and the tenant(s) to the concerned Police Station/Police Posts, it said.
“The Building Owners who have already let/sub-let/rented out their house(s) or part(s) thereof to any tenant on any date prior to issuance of this order, shall within ten days after the issuance of this order submit without fail the detailed particulars of the tenants to the concerned Police Station/ Police Posts,” the order added.
“All arrangements of letting or sub-letting the property like “paying Guest” tenants etc, shall be covered by this order. Every SHO/Incharge PP in District Kupwara shall maintain a separate register for such purpose,” it added.
This order shall come into force with immediate effect and any violation of this order shall invite punitive action under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and other relevant sections of the 144 CrPC. Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara/Handwara shall implement the order in letter & spirit, it added—(KNO)