Ira­nis in Mum­bra want po­lice help

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Faisal Tan­del faisal.tan­del@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Af­ter Thane po­lice took pos­i­tive steps to re­form the Irani chain snatch­ers from Am­bivli in Kalyan, Ira­nis from Rashid Com­pound in Mum­bra and Pi­ra­ni­pada in Bhi­wandi want sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives from the lo­cal po­lice.

Re­cently, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Kalyan di­vi­sion, San­jay Jad­hav, met the Ira­nis at Am­bivli and in­ter­acted with young­sters and chil­dren. The po­lice will fi­nance their ed­u­ca­tion and give them job train­ing.

Fol­low­ing this, the Irani com­mu­nity liv­ing in Rashid com­pound and other parts of Mum­bra, and Pi­ra­ni­pada in Bhi­wandi, too want po­lice help.

Rashid com­pound and other parts of Mum­bra have 100 Irani fam­i­lies in all. In­stances of lo­cal youth in­dulging in steal­ing two- wheel­ers and chain­snatch­ing are com­mon.

So­cial work­ers and the lo­cal Irani com­mu­nity want to change the rep­u­ta­tion of the place as a nest of chain-snatch­ers.

Res­i­dent Si­raj Sul­tan Alam, in his late thir­ties, said he was happy that po­lice com­mis­sioner Param­bir Singh and other se­nior of­fi­cers are tak­ing steps to ed­u­cate youth.

“We have to change the per­cep­tion among the youth and ed­u­cate t hem, so t hat they choose the right path in life. The po­lice should also visit Rashid Com­pound and Sri­lanka in Mum­bra, as well as Pi­ra­ni­pada in Bhi­wandi, and guide them on ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reers,” he said.

Pa­keeza Ak­tar Khan, 38, from Sri­lanka near Mum­bra by­pass Road, earns her liveli­hood by sell­ing Irani home­cooked food.

She said, “My hus­band was booked in three cases and is in jail for the past year. I have three daugh­ters to look af­ter. In our com­mu­nity peo­ple are not in­ter­ested in ed­u­ca­tion. I ad­mit­ted my daugh­ter late to school. She is 12, and still in Class 1.”

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Sachin Patil, Thane city ( zone 1), said, “We are in the process to con­duct aware­ness pro­grammes in Rashid Com­pound and Sri­lanka at Mum­bra, where the Irani com­mu­nity mostly re­sides. We will train them and get their chil­dren ed­u­cated.”

IN­STANCES OF IRANI YOUTH IN­DULGING IN STEAL­ING JEW­ELLERY AND TWO-WHEEL­ERS ARE COM­MON

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