Following the tussle in Mahagun Moderne in Sector 78, Noida, on Wednesday, the police has woken up to issue of verification of domestic helps working in the city. The police has now initiated the process for verification of domestic helps in the society.
AK Singh, SP City of Noida, said there were more than 2,500 families living in Mahagun Moderne, and more than 500 domestic helps. The police has formed four teams for the verification process of these 500 domestic helps.
In the first phase, the identity and whereabouts of people who were named in the police complaint will be re-verified.
Singh further said that after completing verification in the society, the initiative would be extended to the rest of the city. The name, address, photo, identity cards of these helps and their place of origin will be checked. The police will send a record for verification to the related district police, and criminal records, if any, will also be investigated.
Apart from domestic workers, people living in PGs and flat tenants will also be verified.
In the incident of mob violence on Wednesday, a group of domestic helps had raised allegations that a flat owner in the society had forcefully held a maid hostage. The domestic helps had pelted stones inside the society from the gate, resulting in a violent clash between society guards and domestic helps, forcing the police to intervene.
The flat owner, on his part, had alleged that the maid had stolen money from his flat, which were captured by a CCTV camera.
Strangely, a spin-off of this incident has been a collective reservation on the part of residents that most of these domestic helps are from Bangladesh, and hence "outsiders". Most are calling for proper investigation into them from the police.
Rajneesh, a resident of the society, demanded that intense investigation be conducted on the 500 people who had attacked the society on Wednesday. As soon as police investigations started, the slums of Sector 76, where most of these helps were said to be living, were found empty and locked.