THE DISTRICT police on Tuesday busted a gang of bike-borne snatchers with the arrest of three persons who were operating in Mohali.
With this, the police claimed to have solved 12 cases of snatching, and recovered gold chains and earrings. One member of the gang is said to be at large.
The accused have been identified as Rakesh Kumar alias Rakhi (35), a resident of Vinod Nagar, Khanna; Sonu Kumar (26), a resident of Ludhiana; and Ashok Kumar alias Shoki (28), a resident of Kharar. All the accused have not even studied up to matric. The fourth member of the gang, identified as Sanjay alias Shekhar, is said to be on the run.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, they got a tip-off regarding the movement of three persons who were involved in snatchings in the city and were using a black Pulsar bike which was seen by many victims during the snatchings.
The SSP said that a special naka was set up near Dara Studio in Phase VII to arrest the accused and all the three were arrested by the CIA team. The accused confessed their involvement in the snatchings in the city and some other places.
The SSP said that all the accused were habitual criminals and they were booked in similar cases in the past as well. Rakesh was booked in four cases of theft and robberies while Ashok was booked in two and Sonu was wanted in one case.
Regarding the modus operandi, the SSP said that the accused told the police that they used to make women their targets when they were going for a walk or to a religious place. “The accused were using a black Pulsar bike which had a number plate of a stolen bike. They used to operate in all the major towns of Punjab, Haryana and in Chandigarh,” added the SSP.
The SSP said that the police recovered eight gold chains, one pair of earrings worth Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5,500 in cash.
All the accused were produced in the court which remanded them in two-day police custody.
The SSP said that further investigation was going on and they expected to make some more recoveries.