Mayur Vi­har: Where the mind is not with­out fear

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New Delhi: Res­i­dents of east Delhi’s Mayur Vi­har are afraid of step­ping out their houses these days. Rea­son: They have been ter­rorised by snatch­ers on bikes with po­lice and the civic agen­cies al­legedly not do­ing enough to se­cure the area.

Re­cently, an advocate out on an evening walk was tar­geted by three snatch­ers on a mo­tor­cy­cle out­side his res­i­den­tial so­ci­ety in Mayur Vi­har PhaseIII. “The mo­tor­cy­cle didn’t have a num­ber­plate. They were sta­tioned next to a liquor store. One of them sud­denly got off, pushed me and snatched my gold chain. They then sped away,” the vic­tim said.

In a sim­i­lar man­ner, a woman re­turn­ing home from work was tar­geted by two men on a bike. The snatch­ers failed in their at­tempt to snatch her gold chain as she ducked for cover in time. This in­ci­dent prompted a sharp re­ac­tion from the lo­cal res­i­dents.

The lo­cals at­tribute the in­crease in such crimes to the

BRAZEN: spawn­ing of road­side eateries and drinking in pub­lic. In a visit to the area, TOI found that the stretch from Mayur Vi­har Ex­ten­sion metro sta­tion to­wards Club Av­enue Road and the pave­ments next to two fuel sta­tions have been en­croached upon by small eateries. Next to them is an open ground be­hind a mall, which has sev­eral liquor out­lets.

“As soon as the sun sets, the eateries get crowded with peo­ple drinking liquor. Even dur­ing day­time, peo­ple park their cars near the open ground and drink in pub­lic. This cre­ates a huge risk for res­i­dents of the area as such ac­tiv­i­ties at­tract crim­i­nals,” said a res­i­dent of a nearby hous­ing so­ci­ety.

TOI spot­ted peo­ple drinking in the open through­out the day sit­ting on the walls op­po­site the hous­ing so­ci­ety with­out any fear of the po­lice. Sources said po­lice can’t re­move the eateries as the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with the civic agen­cies.

The area’s to­pog­ra­phy also makes it crime-prone and re­quires con­stant pa­trolling by po­lice­men. Sources said Noida Link Road acts as an es­cape route for the bikers who com­mit the crimes.

In the past one year, the area has wit­nessed mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents of armed rob­beries and snatch­ings. In Fe­bru­ary, a fam­ily of five was held at gun­point by two bikers on Noida Link Road near Mayur Vi­har Phase-I. A 66-year-old, who had stopped to buy a bot­tle of wa­ter, was held at gun­point in front of his fam­ily and forced to hand over cash and jew­ellery. Later, the ac­cused were nabbed.

The res­i­dents said more po­lice pres­ence is nec­es­sary to de­ter peo­ple from drinking in pub­lic. Po­lice said they are plan­ning to in­crease the num­ber of check­posts and in­ten­sify pa­trolling by cops on mo­tor­cy­cles to curb crimes.

A senior East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of­fi­cial said that reg­u­lar drives are car­ried out against the il­le­gal ven­dors and meat shops, but the fre­quency of the ac­tion is im­pacted by short­age of man­power and re­sources. “The vet­eri­nary depart­ment has been asked to con­duct a sur­vey in all the 64 wards to iden­tify il­le­gal slaugh­ter­ing and sale of meat. We are plan­ning to start night pa­trolling in vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas,” the of­fi­cial added.

Ra­jesh Me­hta

TOI spot­ted peo­ple drinking in the open sit­ting on the walls op­po­site a hous­ing so­ci­ety with­out any fear of po­lice

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