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Bike-borne thieves on chain-snatching spree in city, police fail to nab culprits

Jamshedpur, Sept. 24: A spate of chain and bag snatching in the city during past few months has prompted the police to take some immediate measures to curb the menace. Snatching not only in residential areas but also in commercial establishments are being reported.

In the recent past on an average one woman is falling victim to bike-borne chain-snatchers, especially in the localities like Jugsalai, Sonari, Sakchi, Golmuri and Bistupur.

On Friday two bike-borne criminals snatched away a gold-chain from the neck of 40-year-old woman on Link Road under Kadma police station area.

The incident took place at about 1.15 pm while the victim, Meena Mohan, who is a member of DBMS English School’s management committee, was returning home at Kagalnagar in Sonari by riding her scooter.

In this connection, the victim has lodged an FIR with the Kadma thana, leading the police to swing into action.

Meena, who was accompanied to the Kadma thana with her husband V Mohan, a Tata consultant engineer, said she left the school at about 1.10 pm and took a turn toward Sonari on the Kadma-Sonari Link Road.

In another incident, three bike-borne criminals snatched away a gold chain from the neck of a 35-year-old woman, Ruby Khalkho near Sakchi burial ground on Straight Mile Road in Sakchi at on Thursday.

A resident of Sitaramdera, Khalkho was returning home from duty by sitting pillion on her husband’s scooter. As they were crossing the burial ground stretch on the Straight Mile Road, three bike-borne youths came from behind and snatched her gold-chain by overtaking the scooter.

Soon after the incident, the victim had approached the Sakchi thana and lodged an FIR against the unidentified criminals.

According to records available, during the past six months, over 100 incidents of chain-snatching and bag-snatching have been reported in different thana areas across the city, but the police have cracked only one case registered with the Sidhgora police station area July.

In this case police arrested the two bike-borne criminals who had snatched gold chain from a 65-year-old woman at Bara Flat premises in Sidhgora on July 7 morning, but they failed to recover the gold-chain.

Superintendent of police (City) Prashant Anand admitted that the incidents of snatching have increased during the past couple of weeks. He said that persons, whose movements were found to be suspicious, were detained in the last two months. Besides, the police have been keeping extra vigil in residential colonies not only during night but daytime too.

Officials said that constables on foot would be deployed in a stretch of every one km for patrolling. Several other constables would be deployed for the purpose, besides patrolling by the local police.

It has often been observed that burglars keep a watch to fix their ‘target’ in a housing colony or society before committing crimes. People whose movements were found to be suspicious should be placed under watch.

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