Jamshedpur : In a shocking incident, a woman was shot dead by unidentified criminals on Saturday morning when she tried to resist snatching of her gold chain.
The victim, Nasreen Parvez, a resident of BH Area, road number 3, under Bistupur Police Station, was on her morning walk when she was shot at.
According to information, the woman was on her routine morning walk at Dhatkidih when two miscreants on bike tried to snatch her chain.
The victim was on her regular morning walk. Suddenly two bike riders came from behind and tried to snatch away the chain. But when Nasreen tried to resist, they fired on her and fled the spot,” said Dhirendra Kumar Banka, a trainee DSP.
The injured woman was rushed to Tata Main Hospital where she was declared brought dead. Police is looking for the culprits, he said.
“Robbery could have been the motive for the murder. But we cannot rule out anything at this stage as we are continuing our investigation,” said an officer of Bistupur police station.
Meanwhile, on Friday too, a woman was attacked by unknown miscreants at Kadma- Sonari link road. The woman was assaulted and her clothes torned.
A majority of chain snatching incidents have taken place during morning and late evening hours when it is difficult to identify snatchers.
Snatchers grab the victims from the back and snatch their chains, earrings and other ornaments and escape from the scene within seconds. They target women who pass through deserted areas.
Most of them are active in the evenings and the normal targets are women above 50 years. Though 10 anti-chain snatching squads were formed last year, and they were provided with motorcycles, it has been difficult to nab the culprits. The modus operandi is the same for the most part.
“Areas like Sakchi Bistupur main road, railway station, Kadma Sonari link road are more prone to such cases. The gang ride up to the victim in their motorcycle and ask for directions. At a convenient time they commit the crime and flee the scene,” said a police official.
Officials say that these chain snatchers use special tools and customised motorcycles. Special pliers are used to cut chains. Many boost the engine power of their bike by fitting imported carburetors and quick action throttles.
Police say that only few women report chain-snatching incidents. Most of them go unreported. “We have alerted all the police stations across the city in view of the growing reports of chain snatching. Police have upped their vigil, especially in vulnerable areas in the evenings,” said an official.
Conmen have been adopting different tricks to divert the attention of the public. In one such snatching incident on Saturday, two youths were arrested for allegedly picking up a bag of a young woman at the crossing of the Kadma-Sonari Link Road under Bistupur police station area.
Though one of the accused was nabbed an hour after committing the theft, the police failed to recover the stolen goods from his possession.
According to police sources, most of the youths involved in the incidents of chain or purse snatching are drug addicts. They adopt different types of modus operandi — either a youth snatches the purse or a chain in lonely places, or engages the victim in a conversation and commit the crime.