To save her certificates from falling into the hands of two scooter-borne thieves,19-year-old Himani pursued them until a woman decided to help by offering her a lift. The chase that followed resulted not only in the recovery of the car but also in the arrest of the offenders.
Himani was travelling in a rickshaw to the Ramesh Nagar Metro station when the two tried to snatch her bag. I was on the rickshaw,heading for an interview. Two men came along on a Scooty and tried to snatch my bag. When I resisted,they sped ahead. A few minutes later,they were back again. This time,they pushed me. When I fell off the rickshaw,they snatched my bag and fled.
After the incident,Himani started shouting for help. It was early morning and the roads were almost empty. Nobody came to help me. But I couldnt lose my certificates… they had everything from my 12 years of study. It was not the time to get scared,but to act, she said.
Even as Himani looked around for a taxi to chase the snatchers,Shilpa who was on her way to a temple stopped the car and offered to help. I saw this girl,and she was crying. I immediately stopped my car. She asked me if I could pursue the duo who had snatched her documents. We went round the place for a while,but we could not find them.
Shilpa was just about to give up,and drop Himani home when she saw the two offenders by the side of the road. They were looking for money in the bag, she said.
I got out of the car and raised the alarm. One of the accused managed to flee,but passersby got the other one. We then informed the police,and lodged a complaint. Today my mother is proud of me, said Himani.
Police placed the accused Surinder under arrest,and based on information obtained from him,later nabbed his accomplice,Nirvan. Both the accused were B Com second-year students,and 19 years old.
Himani and Shilpi were rewarded with a Commendation Card Class-I,along with cash rewards of Rs 1,000.