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‘No one is born a criminal’

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
By Tariq Khan

Seems to be the adage that city police and NGOs have taken to heart in order to find and do away with situations that push youngsters from Muslim dominated areas into crime

Additional Commissioner of Police (East Region), Kaisar Khalid initiated a programme to instil good values and character inside the minds of wayward youths from Muslim dominated areas in eastern suburbs of the city. In coordination with Muslim religious committees, NGO’s along with parents and guardians of local youths he has started arranging this counselling and guidance programme.

As much of the law breaking in urban areas take place in Muslim dominated areas, youngsters, instead of attaining formal education, step into the world of crime. Due to this the gap between the police and society in general is increasing in this area.

To bridge this gap the police have decided to form a committee comprising of religious bodies and NGO’s to hold meetings. One such meeting was held on Thursday at Mhada Colony, opposite Gautam Nagar, Plot No.1 at Govandi. In the meeting youths were made aware about the dangers of stepping into crime world.

Kaisar Khalid speaking on the occasion said, “We need to identify the root cause of the behind criminality. There are two ways. One is to put pressure and restrict them. Another is by counselling and bringing together people to interact with the police. We have started a drive to regularly sensitise youths towards harmful effects of crime. For that we are involving community agencies. I am of the firm opinion that change should come from within both internally and externally.”

“In the recent 15 days around 8 to 10 crimes like murders, robbery, extortion and theft occurred in this region. Whoever has done these crimes are not professionals. Amateur criminals lured by easy money committed these crimes. In the future our initiative will be responsible to stop such crimes whereby we can create a healthy society,” added the police officer.

In the biggest ever police recruitment in Maharashtra, 17,000 constables will be inducted into the force. Mumbai will have a share of around 2,000 constables. In this context the Additional CP said, “Send your wards for police recruitments. Do not allow them to take the path of crime. Guide them when they need it most.”

All senior inspectors of east region comprising of Zone-VI and Zone-VII in 16 to 17 police stations were directed to form such committees. Particularly in police stations like Shivaji Nagar, Deonar, Trombay, Nehru Nagar, Mulund, Vikhroli and Ghatkopar police teams were formed to find which medical shop owners supply addictives like whitener, tablets like Restil, Netrogen (commonly called as buttons), Korex syrup and other medication without doctor’s prescription.

Dr. Rahil Qamer Siddiqui, a practicing doctor in the area was very much instrumental in the initiative started by the additional commissioner of east region. “In Shivaji Nagar-Govandi belt most of the school drop-outs step into the world of crime. Initially they start with drugs and alcohol, become addicted to it then become regular with crimes like thefts, molestation, eve teasing, robbery and kidnapping,” informs Siddiqui.

Tanzeem Ulema Ah-Le-Sunnat, with the help of social activists of different NGO’s in the area came together in coordinating with the police in order to help remove the malice of growing criminals in Muslim dominated areas.

“With the help of police we try to create a good and healthy society,” adds Siddiqui, general secretary of Tanzeem Ulema Ah-Le-Sunnat.

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