8 chain snatchings, 1 car robbery, all in a day
Even as a joint meeting was going on at the police commissionerate wherein police officials from 24 districts prone to chain snatching were busy chalking out an action plan to curb the menace of the chain grabbing incidents, the city recorded a whopping nine cases of forceful robbery and chain snatching incidents across various parts of the city on Tuesday.
Offences were reported from Swargate, Sahakarnagar, Chinchwad, Yerawada, Vishrantwadi, Pimpri and Nigdi wherein gold ornaments and one vehicle, all collectively worth Rs 6.5 lakh, were robbed from victims.
“At the meeting, we exchanged ideas on how to curb the menace of the chain snatching. Information on the suspects too were shared with each other, so that a tab can be kept on the suspects,” said ACP (crime) Rajendra Bhamare.
He added that during the meeting, it was also emphasised that periodical checking of motorbikes would be undertaken. “All police stations and beat marshals have been instructed to check motorcycle riders and have also been told that if anybody is found without proper documents, then their bikes would be confiscated and only after submission of appropriate documents would the vehicle be released. In majority of the chain snatching cases, stolen bikes are used to execute the snatching,” said Bhamare. He also said that there are plans to restructure the existing anti-chain snatching cell. Presence of plainclothes policemen would also be increased in the affected areas, he said.
Three unidentified people robbed a 28-year-old person and drove away with his SUV and cash at Charholi Road. The complainant, Ashok Kharat was on his way to Lohegaon Airport to receive some passengers, when he offered a lift to a person. Two more people also took a lift after some time.
“When the vehicle reached near D Y Patil College, the men threatened him with a sharp weapon and tied his hands, gagged him and threw him on the road. Before abandoning him, they took out cash from his pocket and fled away with the SUV worth Rs 5 lakh,” said PI Motichand Rathod.
“We have taken the descriptions of the three suspects and a manhunt has been launched to trace them,” said Rathod.