Snatchers struck twice in the past five days. Both the times the victims were women and locations were in the southern sectors of the city. Even the time of the day was the same: early morning.
On Tuesday, a city-based doctor was targeted by snatchers near the Sector 38D market at 7.30am. The victim, Dr Divya Awasthi, had just stepped outsider her house to purchase milk from the nearby market when a youth started following her. As Awasthi neared the market, the youth following her snatch the mangalsutra (necklace) and ran away. The youth sat behind another man riding a motorcycle and escaped.
Though Awasthi raised the alarm, the two youths managed to speed away. Later, he bvictim narrated the incident to her husband Raja Ram Chander, a PGIMER doctor.
Police have registered a case. Tuesday's incident was similar to another snatching that took place on Thursday, June 20.
Then, the snatchers had attacked councillor Gurbax Rawat's mother-in-law and snatcher her earrings and a gold chain outside her house in Sector 40. The two snatchers had come on a black motorcycle and snatched the gold ornaments when Shakambari Rawat had returned from her morning walk at 7.20 am.
In both the incidents, the two youngsters were on a black motorcycle. Chandigarh Police suspect the bike used in the two crimes is the same. A source in the police said that apart from being a black motorcycle, the incidents took place near to each other and were committer around the same time of the day.
Even on June 23, a bike borne youth had snatched the purse of a woman travelling in an auto-rickshaw at Sector 32.
Morning hours convenient for snatchers
Snatchers are striking in the morning hours because of lesser police presence and fewer people on the streets during these hours. Following the murder of UT police inspector Sucha Singh, police beefed up security in the evening and late at night - apparent from barricades all over the city.