Anmol, a 13-year-old class X student, helped the police in catching the man who snatched the handbag of a police constable’s wife in Sector 20 on Tuesday. Showing commendable presence of mind, Anmol noted down the number of the snatcher’s motorcycle and then called the police control room.
The culprit was caught within hours and the contents of the handbag, which he had kept after throwing the handbag, were found.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (City) Parvinder Singh said, “We will be rewarding the boy for his courage. He helped us in nabbing the culprit.”
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Said Anmol, “I was going for my tuition when I saw that an aunty (victim Lakhwinder Kaur) was being followed by a man on a motorcycle. I felt that something was not right. Before I could do anything, he snatched the aunty’s bag and fled.”
Anmol said that he ran behind the accused, but “a truck came in front of me and the accused managed to escape. I had memorised the registration number of his motorcycle so I noted it on my hand”, he said.
Anmol then went back to Kaur, who was crying. “I told aunty to calm down and dialled 100 from my cellphone.”
“He also made the woman call her husband to tell him what had happened and wrote the registration number of the motorcycle on her hand,” said Anmol’s mother, who does not want to be named.
By the time the police arrived, Anmol had left for his classes. “When I was returning at 5 pm, I saw that man in the locality again. So I called the police and told them that he was in the locality. The police immediately came and sealed the sector,” he said.
Later, accused Aashish Chauhan, 20, was intercepted at a police naka on way to Zirakpur.
Praising Anmol, Station House Officer of Sector 19 Police Station Poonam Dilawari said, “I spoke to the boy and he told me everything. He told me the colour of the motorcycle and the colour of the snatcher’s shirt.’’
The incident happened when Kaur was going to a nearby gurdwara in Sector 20.
Anmol’s mother said, “Residents of the locality where the incident occurred told me that he is very brave.’’