Unlike usual perception that one doesn’t need to prepare much before committing petty crimes, it has been found that chain-snatchers plan and execute offences after taking every possible aspect into consideration.
The anti-chain-snatching squad recently arrested two Iranian nationals - Javed Ali Irani (25), a resident of Purandar Taluka in Pune district and Jafar Hussain Irani (41), a resident of Irani wasti in Shivajinagar, Pune.
“During the interrogation, the duo said that they have a patrolling team - comprising two members - that uses four-wheelers to do a recce of target area. After identifying the potential area, they alert the two other accomplices - on a bike - using mobile phones and give out the exact location of the prey. Following the directions, the men on bike commit the crime and flee from the area,” said Inspector Chandrakant Ghodake of anti-chain-snatching squad.
He added that as the description of the chain-snatchers is relayed to the police patrolling team, the men on bike board the car, while the men in car take the bike and escape.
The office claimed that following the arrest, they have solved 18 chain-snatching incidents that have taken place in jurisdiction of Vishrantwadi, Sanghvi, Sahakarnagar, Cantonment, Swargate, MIDC, Khadaki, Chinchwad, Kondhwa, Yerawada, Nigdi, Vishrambaug, Bund garden and Mundhwa police stations.
The police also claim to have recovered gold ornaments worth Rs 8 lakh from the duo.
Recently, the cops received a tip-off that 35 Iranians - from Shrirampur, Bhiwandi, Nashik, Pune, Loni Kalbhor and Mumbra, who are wanted in several cases - met in Calangute, North Goa. “We too went after them, but they came to know about it and managed to flee,” said Ghodake.
Around 220 chain-snatching incidents have been recorded this year, out of which only 62 cases have been detected. “Manpower crunch is the prime reason why we haven’t been able to detect these cases.
Also, as VVIP pay visit to the city often, most of our staffers are busy with the bandobast duty,” said Addl CP (crime) Shahaji Solunke. He added that the population has increased, and hence it becomes really difficult to manage the day-to-day work with the present work force.
220 The number of chain-snatching incidents recorded in the city this year