Chandigarh: District magistrate directs PG owners to submit antecedents of paying guests

Those failing to comply will be liable to be prosecuted for disobedience to the order duly promulgated by public servant under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: October 18, 2016 6:14 am

UT district magistrate Ajit Balaji Joshi on Monday directed the owners of paying guest accommodations to inform their respective station house officers (SHOs) in writing regarding the antecedents of paying guests staying in their accommodations.

Those failing to comply will be liable to be prosecuted for disobedience to the order duly promulgated by public servant under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

The order issued under Section 144 of CrPC said: “A number of persons are living in the city of Chandigarh as paying guest and not strictly as tenants. These persons are students pursuing various courses, are patients undergoing treatment and also are citizens pursuing various vocations. As they are not tenants, they are not expected to be registered with the police. This, in turn, may allow anti-social elements to reside in Chandigarh under the formal arrangement namely ‘paying guest’. This arrangement involves charging for food and accommodation both.”

The order will come into force with effect from October 17 midnight and shall be effective upto December 18.

The district magistrate also prohibited the use of cyber cafes by unknown persons whose identity has not been established by the owner of the café. The cyber cafe owners have been directed to maintain a register for identity of the visitors/users. As per the directions, the identity of the visitor/user shall be established through identity card, voter card, ration card, driving licence, passport and photo credit card.

Joshi told restaurants, discos, clubs and vendors sitting by the roadsides and on the public places operating till late in the night. The magistrate has prohibited running of such activities on roadsides and public places between 1 am and 4.30 am for a period of 60 days.

However, the above order would not apply to coffee shops in hotels, hospitals, chemist shops and petrol pumps. The orders have been issued keeping in view the disturbance causing by these establishments.

However, the restaurants, discos and clubs have been allowed to be opened up to 2 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Cyber cafes are allowed to be open up to 2 am on all days. The residents/ landlords/ tenants/ commercial establishments have been directed by the magistrate to furnish information about servants/ helpers/ maid servants employed by them to put a check on anti-social elements.