Mayur Vihar: Where the mind is not without fear
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.
TOI spotted people drinking in the open sitting on the walls opposite a housing society without any fear of police