Ravindra Pathak, had spent a good part of his life working at DDA gardens. After retirement, the 63-year-old settled with his wife. Every morning Pathak and his wife go for a walk near their house in Nehru Vihar. Like every other day, the couple had gone for a morning walk on Friday, when two bike-borne men snatched his wife’s earrings. Pathak chased the two men before finally catching hold of them, police said.
The earring, however, could not be traced as the accused had handed it over to another member of the gang who had been watching the incident, police said. Delhi Police gave the couple Rs 1,000 and a certificate “for showing presence of mind and for their bravery”, a police officer said.
Police have identified the accused as Javed and Arif, both residents of Loni district, Ghaziabad. Police claimed that the duo were involved in 19 cases of snatching in northeast Delhi and without the efforts of the elderly couple, the cases would have remained unsolved.
“Pathak’s wife has some health issues and Pathak used to walk with her. Today (Friday), the two snatchers came on a bike and managed to snatch one of the earrings and tried to flee. But Pathak chased them and managed to nab the pillion driver,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) A K Singla.
Pathak and some locals eventually managed to nab the driver after a TSR vehicle stopped in front of their bike and blocked its way, police said. In the meantime, the man managed to hand over the earring to someone from the crowd, who the police are suspecting was a third associate.