Two separate incidents of chain snatching in the city involving three persons on Thursday evening did not go too well for the criminals, as one was recognised and arrested shortly after committing a crime, another was shot at and landed in hospital and the third also ended up behind bars.
In the first incident, a Meru taxi driver making his debut as a chain snatcher would have pulled off the perfect crime, had he not decided to carry out his plan in an area where he had lived most of his life. Salim Mohammed Iqbal Sayyed (27), a resident of Behrambaug in Jogeshwari, decided to snatch a gold chain to pay off his house rent, as he had shifted out of his home after marriage and was living in a rented accommodation in Mira Road with his wife.
On Thursday evening, the accused crept up behind Taramani Banwarilal Vishwa-karma (24) at Shaktinagar in Behrambaug, punched her in the face and stole her gold chain and pendant worth Rs 30,000. While fleeing the scene, he bumped into a woman from the locality who knew him, and that helped the cops to track him down and arrest him yesterday.
Vishwakarma, who is a teacher at a school in Goregaon, said, “I was walking home when a well-built man punched me in the face when I was standing near Ambernath Mandir. I fell to the ground bleeding and he snatched my gold chain and pendant and fled. Luckily, people in the locality helped me to reach home and then came along to the police station,” said Taramani.
The Behrampada resident, who Sayyed bumped into while fleeing, recognised him and accompanied the police and the victim to his father’s residence in the locality, but found the house locked. Thereafter, he was traced to his rented accommodation in Mira Road and arrested.
“He has no previous criminal record and an investigation is going on. The accused confessed to the crime and we have arrested him. We will interrogate him and recover the jewellery,” said Dilip Rupawate, senior police inspector, Oshiwara police station.
Another botched bid
The second incident involving history-sheeters Deepak Kakade (21) and Umar Sheikh (42) also happened on Thursday evening. At around 8.45pm, the auto rickshaw borne duo followed Lata Patil when she was walking past a temple at Panchayat wadi near Kalyan. Sheikh was driving and came alongside Patil, and Kakade snatched her chain and the vehicle sped away. Patil immediately raised the alarm and the locals chased the auto rickshaw on motorcycles and the victim’s relative Ajay Chowdhari (21), who also resides in the locality, joined the pursuit.
The auto rickshaw was finally forced to halt a few kilometers ahead and Kakade exited the vehicle and attacked Chowdhari with a chopper, who in turned opened fire with a licensed revolver. Kakade collapsed and Sheikh seized the opportunity and escaped from the scene.
Kakade was administered a spell of mob justice and later taken to a local hospital. As his condition was critical, he was shifted to Sion Hospital. He is currently stated to be out of danger. Officials of the Ramnagar police station managed to track down Sheikh yesterday and arrested him.
Senior PI Vilas Jadhav of the Ramnagar police station said, “The accused, who was shot, is out of danger. The other accused was arrested the next morning. Both are history-sheeters and the auto rickshaw, which they were driving, was stolen from Kalyan recently. An FIR was registered in Mahatma Phule police station in Kalyan earlier in this regard. We will not be booking Chowdhari, as he fired in self-defence and his revolver is licensed.”
Dombivali police is further investigating the case.