By Ahmed Khan
Chicago, IL-On May 21, Devon Ave. business owners and community members met with 24th District Police Commander James Roussell and 50th Ward Alderman Debra Silverstein at Naan on Devon Restaurant located at 2241 W. Devon Avenue, to discuss issues relating to crime and safety of businesses among other concerns. Liaquat Ali Khan, owner of Par Birdie Foods and Irv Loundy, Senior Vice President at Devon Bank, both representing the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce, worked with the aforementioned entities to coordinate this community meeting.
Local community activist, Syed Mukkaram, conveyed community concerns regarding the “terrible condition of the pothole ridden alley” behind Jame Masjid located at 6340 N. Campbell Ave. Further, he pointed out the increase of vehicular damage and theft to cars of suburban visitors to Devon Ave. over the past 5-6 months. Shakeel Ullah Khan highlighted locations where criminal activity and visibility of negative social elements has been increasing.
Liaqaut Ali Khan urged the Commander and his officers to increase their presence and activity in the neighborhoods via patrolling and intensified community engagement. Both Liaquat Ali Khan and Syed Mukkaram pressed on about Overnight Parking tickets given to taxi cab drivers to which Alderman Silverstein pointed out an Overnight Parking City Ordinance which exists to ease conditions for taxi cab drivers.
Commander Roussell assured the attendees that such concerns are being worked on and crime altogether is being brought under control i.e. the successful arrest of an individual involved in numerous taxi cab driver robberies around Devon Ave. He requested the community to be more involved and Alderman Silverstein assured full support from her office. Athar Ibrahim, owner of Naan on Devon, gave the closing thanks. Similar meetings have been organized at Usmania, Hyderabad House Family Dining, and Sabri Nihari.