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    In Mumbai, Chhota Pakistan on electricity bills causes controversy by Abhinav Bhatt | Updated: January 02, 2013 Mumbai. Chhota or Little Pakistan is what a
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      In Mumbai, Chhota Pakistan on electricity bills causes controversy
      by Abhinav Bhatt | Updated: January 02, 2013

      Mumbai. Chhota or Little Pakistan is what a nondescript grimy slum
      area in Nalla Sopara near Mumbai is called on electricity bills
      generated by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution company.

      This shocker came to light when locals submitted these power bills as
      proof for unique identification or Adhaar cards, being issued to all
      Indians.

      "It hurts us. We are Hindustanis, not Pakistanis," says Haji Yakub, a
      local resident.

      Another area here in Nalla Sopara which falls in Thane District is
      called Laden Nagar - a reference perhaps to the terrorist Osama Bin
      Laden.

      The electricity bill of Ramzan Mohammad Hafiz, who resides in Sagar
      Welfare Society, states his address as Laden Nagar. He says he has
      complained several times, but with no results.

      The papers he submitted in 2007 for the electricity connection for his
      home show his address as Laxmi Nagar - the actual name of the area.

      "I have friends in Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB). They
      laugh at me when I show them the bill," he says.

      Mr Hafiz says there is a story why this patch between Santosh Nagar
      and the Western Express highway came to be called Chhota Pakistan.
      "There used to be tension between the builder mafia and the local
      police here. That's why the cops started calling it Chhota Pakistan,"
      he says.

      Chaya Patil, a local corporator, brought this shocking lapse of the
      electricity department to the attention of the collector.

      "An electricity bill is the official document. Who is responsible for
      these bills that have Chhota Pakistan written in their address box?
      Why brand the locality just because it is dominated by Muslims?" she
      says.

      Officials of the Maharashtra Electricity company - Mahavitaran - have
      no answer for this.

      When NDTV tried to question Subhash Bodhre, an officer with the state
      electricity company, he said, "I have no right to speak. This
      connection is of 2007 and I don't know about it."

      The State Minorities Commission has asked the MSEB to probe the
      "serious lapse" of terming the area Chhota Pakistan on its bills.

      "This is a serious matter. Please inquire into it and inform the
      Commission about your findings," State Minority Commission Chairman
      Munaf Hakim said in a letter to the MSEB chief. "Let us know at what
      level did the directive to term the area as 'Chhota Pakistan'
      emanated," the letter said.

      http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/in-mumbai-chhota-pakistan-on-electricity-bills-causes-controversy-312553?pfrom=home-lateststories
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