A gang of 15 goons carried swords and threatened Rafi Nagar residents, on Sunday, December 13, in order to become the electricity suppliers in the area. After a chain of similar incidents in the past, residents are scared to get out of their homes now.
On December 13, the gang vandalized a few shops in the area and threatened residents to give them the power to provide electricity supply in the locality. Sher Ali, 38, a resident, said, "The goons even removed the electric wires and stopped the supply to our homes. They basically want to run illegal electricity business in the area."
When asked, Mohammad Haroon Ansari, who provides electricity supply to more than 12,000 homes in Rafi Nagar, said, "The area doesn't get electricity from any private player so I provide them electricity taken from an electric box in nearby area. The goons want to overtake my business."
Amidst the chaos, residents are getting affected and the area has been on high alert since Sunday. Cops are deployed in the area to avoid such attacks in the future. Ravindra Howale, PSI of Shivaji Nagar Police Station, said, "We are investigating the matter."
Rafi Nagar is part of Shivaji Nagar, a resettlement colony that hosts the constant stream of migrants flowing into the city. The floors of the makeshift shacks are covered with cardboard sheets to keep the garbage down.
The residents here are mostly migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and have lived in Mumbai for more than 20 years. Rafi Nagar is just under an hour's drive from the commercial heart of Mumbai, India's financial capital.