Three gutsy and resilient women from the city displayed exemplary acts of bravery on Monday. While the first hunted down a thief who was running away with her gold chain, the other two tackled and intercepted a man who had broken into their home.
In the first incident, Uma Yadav (42), the wife of additional secretary, law department, Rajesh Yadav and a resident of Shivaji Nagar chased a thief who snatched her gold chain.
An auto-driver who was witness to the whole rat and mouse chase also helped the woman nab the chain snatcher.
Uma was out on a morning walk at around 6.30am when a man approached her and sought directions. The next thing she knew was she had chilli powder in her eyes and someone was tugging at her gold chain.
Not willing to let the miscreant get away scot free, she raised cries for help and started running after him.
Meanwhile, alerted by her cries, an auto-rickshaw driver offered her a lift and together they caught up with the man at Machana Colony and beat him up. Later, a police team reached the spot and took the accused to the police station.
The thief, identified as Vipin Benjamin (28) turned out to be a resident of Itarsi. Police said a gold chain and a knife were recovered from his possession. Police said the accused was being interrogated to ascertain his involvement in other chain snatching cases.
In the other incident, a 28-year-old woman nabbed a thief, who had entered her house in Ayodhya Nagar, and also tried to assault her.
Manju Pandey, who lives with her parents at Ayodhya Nagar in a multi-storied building, had gone downstairs with her mother Tulsi Pandey to participate in a pooja along with other women of the locality on the occasion of Somwati Amavasya.
While leaving the house, Manju had locked it from outside. But when she and her two-year-old daughter returned, the lock was broken. On entering the house, Manju spotted a man who was trying to open the almirah with an iron rod.
She dashed out and shouted for help. "Hearing my shouts for help, the thief chased and attacked me with the rod. But, I somehow managed to escape with my daughter and ran down," she said.
When the thief reached the ground floor and tried to escape on his two-wheeler, Manju and her mother caught him and snatched the key of his vehicle.
Hearing their shouts, locals soon gathered at the spot and beat up the accused and informed the police.
The thief has been identified as Niyaz Khan (28), a resident of Karond locality. Police said he was being quizzed to ascertain his involvement in other theft cases.