Coimbatore: Police stations in Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode districts will soon create an exclusive database of labourers from other states in their limits with their photos, fingerprints and photocopy of Aadhaar cards.

Following the arrest of a gang of migrant labourers for armed robberies in Avinashi on Wednesday, inspector general of police (west zone) K Periaiah has instructed all inspectors in these three districts to create the database about labourers from other states.

Periaiah told TOI that the details of the labourers will be sent to other states such as Bihar and Odisha for police verification.

Similarly, house owners who have let their houses on rent to migrant labourers will be asked to submit the details of their tenants in the respective police stations, he added.

Periaiah said, “Police inspectors in the three districts would approach all the industries in their respective station limits and collect the information about labourers from other states. Industries should provide details such as fingerprints, photographs and photocopy of Aadhaar cards of the labourers. The details will be uploaded in our computers. The collected details will be sent to the native state of labourers for police verification,” Periaiah said.

He said Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode districts have lakhs of migrant labourers and they often moved from one place to another. So, the industrial sectors are advised to update their migrant labourers details at least once in two months in their respective police station limits.

“Our police will distribute the application to the house owners to collect the migrant labourers details who are staying in rental houses in the three districts. The database will be maintained in the police stations. It will help the police to collect the details if migrant labourers involved in any crimes,” Periaiah said.

Police took similar measures in 2016 and 2017 but abandoned them due to dearth of police personnel and logistics.

In 2016, ISIS suspect Mohammed Masiruddin alias Mosa alias Manju, 27, was arrested in Kolkatta and police learned that Mosa was staying with his wife and children in a rental house at Andipalayam in Tirupur for six years. CPI (Maoists) leader Roopesh and his wife Shyna were staying in a rental house for more than one and a half years in Tirupur.

On Wednesday, the Tirupur rural police arrested six people, including four labourers from Bihar who were working in banian companies in Tirupur, for their involvement in robberies. Two country-made guns, a knife, gold ornaments and mobile phones were also seized from them.

Published On : 18-10-2019

Source : Times of India

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