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Jamshedpur: Engineering student among two held for snatching woman’s purse

Jamshedpur, Oct 23: In a bizarre incident, the police arrested an engineering student involved in snatching purses from women. Two bike-borne youngsters who used to snatch purses from women in different localities of the steel city were arrested by a team of Bistupur police. One of the snatchers identified as Niranjan Duban is an engineering student. The other accused was identified as Rajkamal Gorai.

The duo had committed the crime near the Circuit House roundabout the Sonari-Sakchi road in broad-day-light.

Revealing about the breakthrough, the senior SP said that on Friday at about 11 am, two bike-borne youths had snatched the purse of a woman scooty rider near Circuit House roundabout, leading the victim to lodge an FIR with the Bistupur police station.

“ As we got the complaint a police team led by Bistupur police station  OC, Vishnu Raut came into action and succeeded in nabbing both the snatchers within six hours, ” said Vanan while talking to the media.

He pointed out on being interrogated, the arrested persons confessed that a day earlier on Thursday they had snatched a purse from another young woman on Gandak Road in Sakchi around the same time of the day.

“As we further interrogated the accused, the duo led the police team to their houses in Devnagar in Sidhgora police station  area from where the snatched up purses were recovered, ” said the senior police officer.

He said besides the purses, the police team recovered two smartphones, a new ladies garment and Rs 5,700 that the two had snatched during the two consecutive days in Bistupur and Sakchi respectively.

He pointed out that the police also seized two motorcycles that the snatchers had used in committing the crime on Thursday and Friday.

The two bike-borne youngsters were new in the snatching crime and used to target women and girls.

Apart from these major incidents of loot on the streets, the incidents like snatching of cellphones and cash at various parts of the city have become regular.

“There has been a spurt in petty crimes in the city.  We have been successful in arresting quite a few thieves involved in the reported cases but I think there is a need to ensure proper night watch. We are planning to increase the movement of mobile police and vigil,” noted a police official.

He went on to add that maximum cases of thefts have been reported from Bistupur, Sakchi and Golmuri areas this year. The police would increase vigil in these areas.

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