Police photographing city houses, collecting inmates’ details: Report

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Srinagar: A palpable sense of insecurity has gripped various downtown localities of this capital city following the launch of a drive by the state police to collect details of residents and photograph their residences.
According to a KMN report, police teams with cameras and registers have fanned out into the city’s downtown localities of Nawab Bazaar, Zaldagar, Kaka Sarai, Safakadal, Habbakadal, Nowhatta, Gojwara, Bahori Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Zainakadal and Khanyar, taking photographs of residential houses and recording name, age, profession and other details of their inmates.
The “operation” has roused apprehensions among the local communities, particularly the younger generation, about its intent and purpose.
A deputation of the residents told KMN the move could create misgivings among the public about the intentions of the police department and even result in a wedge between them. “The government should make its intentions clear and should preferably take the respected, elderly citizens and the mohalla committees into confidence before carrying on the drive,” they said, adding the youth were particularly worried over it.
When contacted, the superintendent of police, North, Shawkat Husain, told KMN, there was no need for the people to be apprehensive as the operation was being carried out as part of what he called “community policing,” in vogue in European countries.
Seeking people’s co-operation, the SP said the details were being collected “for their benefit and would help expedite police verifications for obtaining passports.”

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