San­pada res­i­dents protest plot al­lot­ment Ju­ve­nile crimes dip by 17% in six months this year

Cidco has given its ap­proval to build a mosque; res­i­dents’ body cry foul

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The San­pada Rahi­wasi Ma­hasangh (SRM), a fo­rum of San­pada res­i­dents, or­gan­ised a mor­cha to CIDCO Bha­van on Thurs­day to protest against the al­lot­ment of a plot in San­pada for a mosque. It said that the area has lit­tle Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion and so should not be given land in the area.

The trust, that has been al­lot­ted the plot, has termed the claims by the Ma­hasangh as mis­lead­ing and stated that it com­pleted the for­mal­i­ties for the pur­chase of the plot in 2008.

Say­ing that the com­mu­nity does not have a mosque in the area, it said they have paid the money but have been de­nied build­ing per­mis­sion.

Around a thou­sand res­i­dents, in­clud­ing women, joined the rally that be­gan around 10am from Shree Ganesh Mandir at Sec­tor 8 in San­pada. They also blocked the Sion-Pan­vel high­way. Sev­eral shops in the area downed shut­ters in protest.

Su­nil Nath, a San­pada res­i­dent, said, “Ninety per cent of the node’s pop­u­la­tion are Hin­dus. The au­thor­i­ties need to take this in to ac­count and de­cide.”

Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor Som­nath Vaskar from the area said, “The ad­min­is­tra­tion needs to take our sen­ti­ments into ac­count.”

Ja­gan­nath Jag­tap, another res­i­dent, said: “The plot has been al­lot­ted be­cause of some Cidco of­fi­cials. We now hear that the Trust is go­ing to get build­ing per­mis­sion. The ad­min­is­tra­tion needs to take right de­ci­sion.”

A del­e­ga­tion of the pro­test­ers met Cidco joint man­ag­ing direc­tor Ra­jen­dra Cha­van and sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum of their de­mands.

Milind Sur­yarao, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the protest, said, “The pro­ce­dure to al­lot the plot to the Trust it­self was wrong. Be­sides, some mem­bers of the Trust had three years ago agreed to take up an al­ter­na­tive place and we were even ready to con­trib­ute fund for it. But some went to the court on the is­sue.”

He said, “We are not against any re­li­gion but want jus­tice for the peo­ple of San­pada.”

Cidco joint man­ag­ing direc­tor Pro­test­ers gather out­side CIDCO Bha­van on Thurs­day. They also blocked the Sion-Pan­vel high­way for some time. (Below) Shops at San­pada down shut­ters in sup­port of the res­i­dents’ protest. Ra­jen­dra Cha­van said such plots are given after fol­low­ing proper pro­ce­dure.

“Only when the no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate was given by the police, did we al­lot the plot. We have to act as per the or­ders of the court and in­form it of any de­vel­op­ment in the is­sue. They had their de­mands and we will speak to all the stake hold­ers like the Trust, police and the NMMC.”

He said, “Our ob­jec­tive is to en­sure that there is peace and we will abide by the court which had asked us to sign the lease agree­ment.”

Tanz­imul Mus­limeen Trust, which has fought for the al­lot­ment of the mosque plot for the past 19 years, said it has com­pleted all the re­quired pro­ce­dures to get the plot.

Dis­miss­ing the Rahi­wasi Ma­hasangh Ma­hasangh’s claims that there are only a few Mus­lim fam­i­lies in San­pada, Dadan Ab­dul Rehman, pres­i­dent of the Trust, said, “We have sub­mit­ted a list of hun­dreds of Mus­lim fam­i­lies who live in the node to Cidco.”

He added, “We have even given an un­der­tak­ing to Cidco that we will not have loud­speak­ers on the mosque. The plot is on an iso­lated spot near the rail­way yard.”

Dadan said, “No other plot at San­pada has been al­lot­ted for a mosque as it is claimed. We are per­form­ing only the Fri­day na­maaz in our of­fice at Sec­tor 5 for which we got per­mis­sion for only a year. We can­not per­form na­maaz on the road.”

Dadan said that Cidco was bound to give one plot for a mosque in ev­ery node.

“After our Trust was regis­tered in 1995, we were of­fered a choice of eight plots in San­pada. The police re­fused to give NOC for seven due to ob­jec­tion by lo­cals. Fi­nally, the police NOC was given for a 700m plot at Sec­tor 8 in 2008.”

Dadan, “After ap­proval from Cidco board, ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment and the home min­istry, the plot was al­lot­ted to us on Au­gust 21, 2012. We paid Rs65.6 lakh for the plot. Cidco, after court or­ders, signed an agree­ment to lease with us. We ap­plied to NMMC for build­ing per­mis­sion a year and a half ago, but it has been de­layed.”

Dadan added: “We are only ask­ing for jus­tice. There are places of wor­ship of all com­mu­ni­ties in res­i­den­tial colonies and there has never been any prob­lem.”

Crimes com­mit­ted by minors in Navi Mumbai have de­creased by 17%, with only 57 cases regis­tered in the first six months this year, as op­posed to 68 cases regis­tered in the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod in 2015, said sources from the crime branch.

How­ever, from Jan­uary to June, 40 cases of theft were regis­tered, as op­posed to 18 cases in 2015. Four bur­glar­ies were regis­tered this year com­pared to three last year.

Kid­nap­ping, robbery, cheat­ing and sex­ual ha­rass­ment cases were also recorded.

“Most of these chil­dren in con­flict with the law be­long to the 14-17 age group. Many are from poor fam­i­lies and are slum dwellers,” said Ajit Shinde, a police in­spec­tor from the crime branch.

“After pro­duc­ing them be­fore the child wel­fare com­mit­tee, we send them to re­mand homes in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai,” he said.

“Send­ing chil­dren to re­mand homes is not the only so­lu­tion. There, chil­dren meet oth­ers who have crim­i­nal back­grounds and may be in­flu­enced. The au­thor­i­ties should think of other ways to re­form them,” said Shobha Murthy, founder of Aarambh NGO, which has been pro­mot­ing the ed­u­ca­tion of un­der-priv­i­leged chil­dren for the past 18 years.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior of­fi­cers, a lack of aware­ness among minors is a ma­jor rea­son for ju­ve­nile crimes.

“In many cases, minors in ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship de­cide to run away from home. When the girl’s fam­ily com­plains, we have to reg­is­ter a kid­nap or a sex­ual ha­rass­ment case against the boy,” said another of­fi­cer from the child pro­tec­tion unit.

Psy­chi­a­trists said chil­dren who are ad­dicted to nar­cotics have crim­i­nal ten­den­cies.

“Un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, chil­dren com­mit acts with­out think­ing about the con­se­quences. Their sur­round­ings also play a vi­tal role in en­cour­ag­ing them to com­mit crimes,” said Dr Omkar Mate, a clin­i­cal psy­chi­a­trist from Nerul.

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