Mira Road, notorious as the sanctuary for terror suspects, has started reinventing itself by taking a stance against extremism.
“Because of terrorist attacks, our nation is bleeding. As Mira Road is a newly-developed area, residents do not know much about even their immediate neighbours. Hence, certain anti-national elements make use of such a situation and hole up here,” said an announcement from one of the local mosques on Sunday. “As a result, Mira Road has got a bad name. Hence, it is important that if you find any such suspicious person, please bring it to the notice of the imam or the police.”
The mosques have advised all housing societies to prepare the data of people living in the society. Since a number of men from these families work abroad, especially the Gulf, an all-women team has been formed to collect data from homemakers.
“In case of families which don’t have male members, the five-member women team will step in and tactfully get the information,” said Maulana Manzoor Ahmed, the chief priest with Jama Masjid Ashams, the largest mosque in Mira Road.
“We explain to them that the data collection is for their own good. Our women then take a photograph of the head of the family along with other important details. Details about the youngsters are also gathered,” said Syed Noorjahan Nazar Hussain (60), who heads the women’s group.
Local MLC Muzaffar Hussain said not even one person arrested on terror charges from Mira Road so far had visited the local mosques or interacted with the people around. “With residents getting involved, we hope to keep a tab on such anti-social elements,” he said.