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SHOs to put on their running shoes to catch morning snatchers

Early morning strikes by snatchers in southern parts of the city may soon make station house officers (SHOs) lose sleep. Following another such incident on Thursday morning — the third in three weeks, deputy superintendent of police (south) Surjit Malik has asked SHOs of areas under him to patrol vulnerable points on foot and in civil dresses from 6 am to 8 am.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 11, 2013 22:49 IST
HT Correspondent

Early morning strikes by snatchers in southern parts of the city may soon make station house officers (SHOs) lose sleep.

Following another such incident on Thursday morning — the third in three weeks, deputy superintendent of police (south) Surjit Malik has asked SHOs of areas under him to patrol vulnerable points on foot and in civil dresses from 6 am to 8 am.

The snatching incident on Thursday took place at Sector 40A. Saroj Bala, a resident of the same sector, had walked barely walked a few metres from her house for a morning walk at 6.30 am when two youths riding a black motorcycle snatched the gold chain worn by her. Bala could not note down the number of the motorcycle and the police have registered a case of snatching.

DSP Malik said the decision has been taken to ensure snatchers are caught unawares. "Our men will patrol roads and stretches near greenbelts," he said.

Earlier, on June 25, the gold chain of Sector-38 resident Dr Divya Awasthi was snatched in the Sector-38D market at around 7.30am. Dr Awasthi had stepped out to purchase milk when two youngsters riding a black motorcycle surprised from the behind. On June 20, two youths riding a motorcycle of the same colour had had attacked councillor Gurbax Rawat's mother-in-law and snatcher her earrings and a part of her gold chain — the other half had broken and fallen on the ground — from outside her house in Sector 40.

At that time, too, the incident took place early in the morning: Shakambari Rawat had stepped for a morning at 7.20am when she had become the snatching victim.

Chandigarh Police suspect the involvement of the same gang in all the snatchings. This year more than 100 snatching incidents have been reported in the city.