Why Grim Picture?

Participants Speak
"The underworld taps young sons of redundant mill workers, industrial labourers," says newspaper report. (When the Textile Mills Close Down, the Mafia Comes to Recruit’ Indian Express, (Nagpur), November 29 1998)

“It begins innocuously enough. The boy may be asked to keep a watch on the movements of a particular person or a policeman, or just count the number of times a patrol van comes into a particular gully. For this, he is paid up to Rs2,000, a handsome bonus for a family with a monthly income between Rs800 to Rs1,000. That none of this is illegal clinches the deal.”


… Inside the jail, the indoctrination is almost complete. "There he's well looked after, gets home food and also meets seasoned gangsters who brag about their killing, their lifestyle. When the boy comes out of prison he's asked to lie low for some time before he's given his first big assignment.


This can range from passing on a weapon to assisting someone in a killing to delivering extortion threats. On the successful completion of this job he becomes a graduate, ready for a career in the underworld", says the Aamdaar with chilling calm.”


…”Arun Gawli, Ram Naik, Amar Naik, all sons of textile mill workers, launched their career in this fashion and over the years abetted with the managements in the systematic criminalisation of unions like the Rashrtriya Mill mazdoor Sangathana (RMMS).”