The police have not issued any instruction to homeowners in Dhaka to not rent to bachelors or to evacuate flats shared by men, a senior official has said.
“We have just asked the landlords to collect and keep detailed information on tenants,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman told reporters on Saturday at the DMP media centre in Dhaka.
Following the July 1 Gulshan terror attack, police have claimed they have spotted at least 24 dens of terrorists cooping in Dhaka’s flats.
The suspected militants in Dhaka's Kallyanpur, who were killed during a gun battle with police on July 26 were staying in a flat there since mid-June. The Gulshan restaurant attackers were also staying in a flat in Bashundhara residential area.
Across the capital, many homeowners are now switching from 'mess' arrangements – shared rooms and flats for single men – to renting to families. Many mess tenants have been asked to vacate their rooms and new messes are nowhere to be found.
Thousands of young men from across Bangladesh who come to study or work in the capital live in shared flats. Renting a flat was already very difficult for single men due to owners' preference for families, the ongoing situation has become more difficult.
After the Kallyanpur incident the bachelors have already started sufferings in the capital while many existing bachelors were issued eviction notice as an urgent basis.
Now, the situation is one way - landlords are evacuating them, and on the other way, no one is comfortable to rent them, creating anxiety among many.
Regarding this matter, Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman said their main concern was whether the landlords were collecting details on all tenants properly.
Police has not issued any instructions to house owner to issue notice to bachelors for leaving rented houses.
“Whom to rent the house to is a personal matter of the house owners,” he said.
“We only want to ensure overall security for all,” he added.
The DC said police had recovered explosives from all militant hideouts.
“If any of the explosives exploded, the neighbors, along with militants would also be harmed. So we have asked owners to collect complete information on tenants,” he said.
Responding to a query, the DMP official said 'block raid' operations were ongoing in the city.
During the raid, police were asking for National Identity Cards (NID) of residents. Tenants below 18 years of age will have to produce their birth certificates, he added.
Police have already delivered tenant information forms which the tenants have to fill up and submit to local police stations, he reiterated.