Mahagun violence: Fearing arrest, slum dwellers leave home
According to the police, over 300 people had gathered at the gates of the Mahagun Moderne around 6am on Wednesday, alleging that one of its residents had assaulted a domestic help, Zora Bibi. They had managed to overpower the security guards and force their way onto the premises.noida Updated: Jul 15, 2017 22:27 IST
Residents of the slums near the Mahagun Moderne complex in Sector 78 are staying away from their homes, fearing arrest and detention over Wednesday’s incident of violence. The police have formed teams to arrest those involved in rioting and vandalising property.
According to the police, over 300 people had gathered at the gates of the Mahagun Moderne around 6am on Wednesday, alleging that one of its residents had assaulted a domestic help, Zora Bibi. They had managed to overpower the security guards and force their way onto the premises.
The police lodged three FIRs against 300-400 unidentified people after the incident. The cases were registered on the basis of complaints filed by society residents, society facility management and a resident, Mithul Sethi, who had employed Bibi.
A sense of fear has engulfed the slum dwellers after 13 people were arrested and 45 were detained during a late night raid on Wednesday. The women, most of whom work as domestic helps, said that they are clueless about the men from their families.
“None of us knew there would such repercussions. Most of the men are evading arrest and only a few of the men, who were not a part of the incident, are present at home. We are not going to work either due to the ongoing tension,” said Atiya Banoo, who works as a domestic help.
Some domestic helps said that the men from their families manage to meet them during the day but keep away from the area in the night as they are scared of a raid.
“The women who did not join the protest on Wednesday have started going to work. Others have been facing all sorts of problems. My husband gave police the slip that night and now, I do not know his whereabouts. He also does not have a phone on which I can contact him. I am worried about his safety but if he comes back, the police will arrest him,” a woman resident of the slum said.
The domestic helps are waiting for the court’s decision in the matter. Gharelu Kamgar Union (GKU), a workers’ union, has extended its help and will file bail applications for the 13 arrested men.
“We do not want chaos in our lives. How many times will the union come to our rescue and get the arrested men released? Hiring a lawyer is out of our (financial) reach. We are being targeted,” said Abiya Khatoon, a domestic help who stays in the slum.
RESIDENTS MEET PANKAJ SINGH
A group of around 20 residents from the Mahagun Moderne housing society met Noida’s member of legislative assembly (MLA) Pankaj Singh on Saturday in Sector 20. The residents asked the MLA to strengthen security in the area and deploy police on a permanent basis.
Residents urged the MLA to take stern action against those who vandalised their property and pelted stones. Apart from the security demands, residents also demanded a public park in the area.
Pankaj assured residents that action would be taken against the people who were involved in the violence and security in the area will be tightened immediately.