The word 'paper' in Gurgaon adjoining the capital is scaring people these days. Whenever a policeman comes to ask for papers in Gurgaon's colonies, the people living there swell their hands and feet. These days the policemen there are going door to door asking people for ID proof with photos. The police are describing it as routine checking to be done every year before 26 January (Republic Day).
Police say this is being done to identify illegal intruders. But amidst the uproar and protests over the National Register of Citizens (NRC), there is an atmosphere of fear among the people. This fear is especially among those who are making their living in the city through wages, other petty jobs.
No 'intruder' found yet
The campaign is on a larger scale this time, so there is more restlessness among the people. Police say they have checked the papers of 1,500 people so far, but none of them were found illegal.
Amid the police investigation, some workers are also forced to leave Gurgaon and return home. One such laboring woman said that she currently lives in DLF 2 slum. But now West Bengal will go back and it will come back only after the matter is calm.
Police are asking for papers at 4 am
The timing of this investigation is also a matter of discussion. Policemen are leaving between 4 am and 8 am to ask for paper. The investigation is continuing in Tigra, Islampur, Samaspur, Ghosla, Saraswati Kunj and surrounding areas. DCP (East) Chandra Mohan, stating the reason behind this time investigation, said that most people meet at home at that time. Such investigation was termed as normal by Police Commissioner Mohammad Akil. He said that we are near Delhi. Therefore more care is required. He said that such checking has been done before Republic Day.
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