Around 30,000 workers identified so far

The Coimbatore City Police and their counterparts in Coimbatore Rural police district are in full swing identifying migrant labourers and documenting their details.

Superintendent of Police E.S. Uma said that the rural police were carrying out station-wise enumeration in all the 30 police station limits. Thus far, they had gathered details of 19,000 migrant labourers.

The details the police collected included name, address – both in their native and city, contact details, with whom they were in contract with as labourers and where they worked.

For a few persons, the police had also collected photographs.

Most of those whose details the police had gathered were construction workers, staying at construction sites.

Ms. Uma said that the police were, however, not gathering the details of students from outside the State as the institutions would have those.

Once the police collected all the data it would collate and categorise them to avoid duplication. The data would be shared with police across the State.

In the city, the police had thus far identified around 10,000 workers, confined mostly to places that fell under Singanallur, Peelamedu, Kuniamuthur and Podanur police station limits, said Hema Karunagaran, Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Five police personnel, headed by a sub-inspector, were on the job. They collected, apart from the basic details, information related to their family members in their native and also their mobile numbers.

“This way they could not furnish fake details,” she reasoned. But she conceded that the police would require time to verify the authenticity of the other details the migrant workers provided.

There was no deadline for completing the task.

The police action comes even as the District Collector issued an order a couple of days ago asking house owners to inform the jurisdictional police their tenants' details, if they were from outside Tamil Nadu.

He asked them citing orders issued under Section 144 of the Cr.PC.