ALL TALL claims of the Chandigarh Police tightening the noose around snatchers fell flat as four incidents of snatching were reported in just one day in Chandigarh on Tuesday. In the four incidents, the accused escaped after snatching the mobile phones and purse from four persons, including two women.
According to police, in the four cases, the victims had failed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle and police were scanning CCTV footage of various lightpoint junctions to gather clues about the accused. In the first case, Rishabh Malda of Sector 45 complained that two persons on an Activa scooter fled after snatching his mobile phone near Hockey Stadium, Sector-42, Chandigarh.
The snatchers asked the victim for an address. As Malda moved towards them, the miscreants snatched his phone and drove away. In the second case, Tej Singh Rana, a resident of Burail, told police that two unknown persons snatched his purse near the small park near Sectors 33/45 lightpoint. The purse contained Rs 3,500, mobile and other documents. Acting on the complaint the police team registered a case at Police Station Sector 34 and initiated the investigation.
Meanwhile, two women also tuned victim of snatching on Tuesday at Sector 20. In the first case, Aisha, a
resident of Sector 20, stated to the police that two unknown persons snatched away her mobile phone from near her residence.
While in another similar case, at Sector 19, two bike-borne men snatched the purse of Preeti, a private firm employee, at the turn near Gurdwara, Sector-19. The purse contained documents, ATM cards and Rs 700.
In all four cases, police have registered cases against unknown persons under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 379 (punishment for theft) and 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person) at respective police stations.
“There is a possibility that the image of the accused’s bike might have been captured by CCTV camera and we could get vital leads from there,” said a police official.