Police on Wednesday arrested two persons, who allegedly snatched the purse from a woman lecturer Tuesday. One of the two accused was identified as the son of a serving head constable with the Chandigarh Traffic Police.
The accused have been identified as Vishu Sharma, 25, and Vikram Sharma, 26. Vikram is the son of head constable Ram Gopal. Vikram has dropped studies and did not complete graduation, while Vishu is a graduate.
The complainant, Surinder Kaur, a lecturer at GMSSS, Sector 23, reported to the police that when she was returning home from market on her scooter on Tuesday, a car (CH-01AS-1387) stopped at the Sector 34/35 red light. Kaur alleged that a youth came out of the car and snatched away her purse. They then sped away in their car by jumping red lights, she added.
The victim alleged that the purse contained `10,000 in cash, a mobile phone and some other documents.On the basis of car's registration number, the police arrested Vishu on Wednesday and the victim also identified him as the snatcher. The police then managed to arrest his other accomplice and the victim's belongings were also recovered from them, said Rajesh Shukla, station house officer, Sector-34 police station.
Vikram, according the sources in the police, admitted that they were drug addicts and used to commit snatching incidents for quick money. Vikram also has a couple of rioting cases registered against him. Vishu and Vikram were produced in the district court and were sent to one-day police remand.
'Role of public, police laudable'
Victim Surinder Kaur, 54, said, "I had gone to purchase suits. When I was coming back, the youngster came out of the car and snatched the purse. Though they managed to escape, other motorists managed to note down the car number. The number was flashed after the police was informed and the accused were nabbed."
Her husband Prof Nahar Singh, who teaches Punjabi at Panjab University, said, "In the entire incident the role of public and police was laudable. The quick response by both public and police helped in locating the accused and quick action."