Hard times for some Okhla residents, police. The night of Shaba-e-brat was a tough day for some residents and police in the locality as they had hit the roads to make sure to stop wayward youths from bike stunts.
Police had barricaded the area well in advance knowing well that how youths in groups come out from nowhere on the street to do bike stunts, putting lives of other commuters at risk.
This year too, despite many sermons given from mosques on Friday urging parents to stop their youths from driving bike on the night when many people go out to offer prayer and for some it is ‘picnic’ time, fell on deaf ears of residents. The problem started midnight with many youth seen loitering around in the guise of religious practices that has been termed un-Islamic by several religious leaders.
“Despite difficulties, the show was managed and bike stunt was minimized with joint efforts by local residents and police. Many youths were stopped from performing the act. Moreover, a residents’ group even fanned across the locality midnight convincing youth not to imperil their lives by doing bike stunts,” said an eyewitness on the condition of anonymity.
Some residents even lamented that how parents have failed to rein their wayward children. “Most of the youths who are involved in bike stunt are not very educated. It is the fault of the parents who give full freedom to their children. If police crackdown on them harshly then these people will cry foul. The authorities should strictly stop this menace,” said Shahzad Khan.