At a customary meeting held between Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association (FONRWA) and the city police at the apex residents’ body office in Sector 52, Noida, on December 25, residents said that police verification of tenants has become a pressing concern following arrest of naxalites in the city.
SP (city) Dinesh Yadav, ASP Gaurav Grover, and circle officers Sandeep Kumar and Ajay Kumar (traffic) were present at the meeting. NP Singh, president of the federation, and AN Dhavan, the secretary general of the federation were also present. Members of several RWAs had also gathered at the venue to register their grievances related to law and order with the city police.
Pradeep Saxena, general secretary of RWA of Express View Apartment (Sector 93), said that after the police withdrew a system in 2012 under which constables used to go door-to-door to take details of residents, residents were having a tough time in getting the police verification of tenants done. “Adding to our problems, the police shifted the tenants’ verification cell to the senior superintendent of police's office in Greater Noida,” he said.
Saxena said that the move had become a deterrent to the landlord’s enthusiasm in getting the tenants verified by the police. “It has become a lengthy process as the landlord has to stand in a bank queue for depositing the verification charge with a public sector bank, such as the State Bank of India. The landlord then has to go the police verification cell in Greater Noida to submit the details of the tenants. Due to this, most landlords desist from getting the verification done,” he said.
Saxena added, “If a suspect is arrested, the police initiates action against the landlord too. But they are not doing anything to minimize the hassles involved in police verification.”
Responding to the concerns, Yadav said that it was not possible for the police to verify details of all labourers working in unorganised sectors and admitted that it was possible to verify details of tenants staying in the posh residential sectors of Noida. He added that there was a shortage of police personnel and that there were only 425 on-duty constables in the city. If he deputed them for this job, then other areas of a law and order would be affected.
“The state of verification of tenants in Noida’s local villages is worst. There are roughly 20 lakh labourers who are working in different sectors. These labourers rent a house and three to four of them stay together. I have seen four labourers staying together in one room; three of whom left the place the next month and began living in another room. Meanwhile, another three took up the space in the room vacated by them. Such frequent change in accommodation makes the job of police verification tough,” he added.