Chain-snatchers who have been highly active in the city carrying out daring robberies on the road are turning bolder by the day. Their greed seems to be driving them from roads to right inside homes of unsuspecting victims.
On Tuesday,a young man rang the doorbell of a 65-year-old woman in Viman Nagar area and asked whether he could take a room on the ground floor on rent. The woman who showed him the room was left shell-shocked when he snatched her gold chain,ran out and fled on a motorcycle,in broad daylight.
The incident took place around 12.15 pm on Tuesday. The senior citizen,Saraswati Giridhar Panda (65),a resident of Rajiv Nagar,North Viman Nagar,was alone at home barring a female household help who was cooking in the kitchen.
Panda told The Indian Express that man rung the doorbell on the first floor around noon. He enquired about the house on the ground floor I wanted to rent out. I had told about it to a broker. I thought the broker had sent him. But the man said he got know about the room from a friend, she said.
I took the man to the ground floor house. I showed him the house. Later we had a discussion on the rent I expected. All of a sudden,he snatched my gold chain and fled. I tried to give him a chase,but he ran out and escaped on a motorcycle. I registered a police complaint, she said.
She has lodged a complaint at Vimantal police station. Panda said the suspect was aged less than 25 years and spoke Hindi.
Vimantal police have initiated an investigation into this case.
Meanwhile,another chain-snatching was reported from Nidgi on Tuesday morning. Two young men on a motorcycle snatched a gold chain worth Rs 1.05 lakh from Archana Mandhare (30) of Shikrapur,just before she was about to get into her car that was parked near CMS School in Pradhikaran Nigdi around 10 am,according to her complaint lodged at Nigdi police station. In Mandhares case,the modus operandi was the same as in the large number of cases reported in the city in the past few months.
Usually two men on motorbike approach victims,all of them women,on the pretext of asking for directions either on the road or even outside their homes and snatch away gold chains.
In some cases,suspects on motorcycles had followed women who were riding pillion on two-wheelers and snatched away their gold chains. There were a few incidents of suspects in the guise of customers snatching chains from women operating shops.