A city infamous for its apathy provided a rare glimpse of its more humane side on Monday evening.
A group of anonymous Good Samaritans waylaid two bike-borne assailants after they robbed a 28-year-old hotel executive and chased them for almost a kilometre on foot.
Fearing for their lives, the goons abandoned both the loot and their vehicle before making a narrow escape from south Delhi's Sarojini Nagar area.
"The incident was reported from the Brigadier Hoshiar Singh Marg-Africa Avenue crossing, adjacent to the Yashwant Place Shopping Complex, at 9:30 p.m.," a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.
The victim and one of her female colleagues were waiting for an auto near the under-construction Hotel Leela when the incident occurred.
She is a hospitality executive at Hotel Samrat and a resident of Netaji Nagar.
"They were waiting by the roadside when two men on a red, 220cc Pulsar motorcycle attacked them. The assailants snatched the victim's gold chain and hang bag and made off on the wrong side of the road at high speed," the officer said.
A biker who witnessed the episode chased them, forcing the assailants to ride on the wrong side of the road. Sensing something suspicious, the driver of a WagonR car approaching from the opposite side blocked the biker duo's path, risking a head-on collision.
"Being chased by about eight to ten onlookers who had witnessed the episode and now blocked by the WagonR car, the assailants realised they were trapped. So they abandoned the bike and started running with their helmets on," the officer said.
The driver of the WagonR, who did not wish to be identified, joined those chasing the assailants on foot till they jumped off an adjoining rail-way bridge to make a hasty retreat.
"We have identified the assailants through the registration number of the abandoned bike. It is registered in the name of one of the assailant's father-in-law. He had given it to him as a wedding present. The son-in-law is missing from his residence for the past three days," the officer said.
A case of snatching has been registered at the Sarojini Nagar Police Station.