Reacting to seven chain-snatching incidents in the city within one-and-half-hour on Wednesday,Additional Commissioner of Police (crime branch) Shahaji Solunke said the incidents took place when the police force was on bandobast duty for Maharashtra Day on May 1.
The incidents were reported between 8.30 am and 10 am.
By the time the cops were back on patrol duty,the chain-snatching spree came to a halt,Solunke told the media on Thursday.
He said,All the incidents were reported before 11 am Wednesday. The police force was on bandobast duty for May 1. After 11 am,as we started patrolling various parts of the city again,chain-snatching incidents stopped.
In the incidents reported in the jurisdiction of Swargate,Wanawadi,Yerawada,Vishrambag and Sahakarnagar police stations,gold chains worth Rs 5.95 lakh were snatched away from seven women.
Senior police officers said patrolling and nakabandi that began after the Maharashtra Day celebrations concluded,continued on Thursday. The chain-snatchers had struck in a short span of time. Police said these gangs could be from outside the city and may be coming to the city just to commit the crimes.
At 8.40 am,one incident was reported in the jurisdiction of Swargate police station at Mukundnagar,and the next was 20 minutes later at Parvati Gaon,followed by Salisbury Park at 10 am. In Wanawadi,54-year-old Mangal Bankar was robbed of her gold chain near Shivaji Statue rickshaw stand. In Yerawada,Leela Padmanabhan of Kalyaninagar was robbed of her gold in front of a bank near her house. The modus operandi was the same in all the cases,with two persons on bikes approaching the women from behind,snatching away their gold chains and fleeing,police said.