Much to the relief of victims of as many as 60 chain-snatching cases, the Pune city police returned their gold ornaments that they had recovered from the suspects arrested in these cases.
Out of these, 52 offences were detected by the crime branch and eight by the local police stations.
Complainants in these offences were together returned 1256 grams of gold worth Rs 30,62,000 after completing the necessary legal procedures.
Senior police officers including commissioner K K Pathak, joint commissioner Sunil Ramanand and others were present at the function where the gold was returned to the complainants.
Sushma Anant Kulkarni, whose gold chain was snatched by motorcycle borne youths in Dattawadi area in February 2015 said, “I am very happy and thankful that the police have arrested the criminals and recovered the gold. I never thought I will get back the chain. They have been very co-operative.”
Another lady, Vijaya Tarawdekar of Vishrantwadi said that she was disturbed as the robbers had snatched her mangalsutra (marriage chain).
“I thank the police for recovering it from the criminals and returning it,” she said.
Vijay Sabale of Viman Nagar said, “My mother’s gold chain was snatched. Since the day of the incident, police have supported us well. And now they have returned the stolen gold.”
“After my chain was snatched, people told me that lodging a complaint with the police is of no use. But I still filed a complaint. And I can say that my decision was correct. The police department should not be defamed every time,” said Shubhalaxmi Tambe.
Joint Commissioner of Police Sunil Ramanand said, “The day after I took charge, as many as eight chain-snatching incidents were reported in the city. We initiated a special driver against the chain snatchers. Our teams conducted rigorous searches across the state. We even went up to Karnataka in search of the accused. The hard work has started giving good results.”