Jamshedpur, March 20: Cases of snatching are on the rise in city. Two bike-borne criminals were in a snatching spree causing two couples to fall victim to them on Straight Mile Road near Baug-e-Jamsheed under Bistupur thana area late night.
Kamal Kishore and Reshmi Devi who are residents of Zone No III in Birsanagar lost silver ornaments, house key and other important documents, another victim Bhabdeep Singh and wife Vinita Singh who are residents of Baradwari Rs 10,000 cash and a smartphone.
Though the incidents of snatching took place at about 9.30 pm, the police have not been able to detect the case.
According Kamal Kishore, they were returning home at Zone No 3 in Birsanagar Sonari having bought some silver jewelries from a shop at Sonari. “As I was moving towards the Straight Mile Road on my bike with my wife sitting pillion, wife suddenly screamed. I stopped the bike and could know that two bike-borne criminals snatched her bag which contained the newly-bought silver jewelry items. As there was no one at sight, we came to the Bistupur thana for lodging an FIR,” narrated Kishore.
Another incident of snatching took place 10 minutes later when the criminals snatched the bag of Vinita Singh as she was returning home at Baradwari from Bistupur.
Deputy superintendent of police (Composite Crime Room), Arvind Kumar under which Bistupur thana falls said that they had tried to detect the criminals by taking CCTV footage of them, but the snatchings took place beyond the range of the surveillance cameras.
On an average, 60 incidents of cellphone snatchings and 15 incidents of chain as well as purse snatching are taking place under Bistupur and Sakchi thana areas a month while Police van having beacon lights and “mobile tiger” (mobile cop) keep on moving on the streets.
Incidents of conmen diverting the attention of the public and making away with their bags containing cash and valuables have been on the rise in the city. Despite efforts to curb the incidents by the police the situation remain the same.
Though such incidents are frequently occurring in various parts of the city, the police have not able to control the situation. People coming out of the cases banks after withdrawing money have been the victims in a majority. A majority of chain snatching incidents have taken place during afternoon and late evening hours when it is difficult to identify snatchers. Snatchers grab the victims from the back and snatch their chains, earrings and other ornaments and escape from the scene within seconds. They target women who pass through deserted areas. Its high time steps ate taken to curb the menace.