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Don't be too courteous in crime-hit Delhi

delhi Updated: Feb 28, 2012 23:02 IST
Jatin Anand

The more courteous or helpful you try to be with fellow Delhiites, more are your chances of getting mugged, molested, beaten and robbed.

Four incidents, reported from February 21 to 24 are fresh reminders of the Capital's aggression-cum-crime-driven underbelly whose opportunism is growing by the day.

On February 21, a mobile phone of an Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel's wife was allegedly snatched by three men. The former had allowed them to cross the road by stopping his vehicle at a crossing in New Friend's Colony.

"The victim was going to Ashram Chowk from Apollo Hospital when he stopped below the Modi Mill flyover. One of the pedestrians, whom the Army officer had given room to cross, distracted him, while his accomplice snatched the official's wife's phone from the dashboard and fled," a police officer said.

On February 22, an 18-year-old girl was molested by her cousin's friend after she bumped into him in southwest Delhi's Sagarpur.

"The victim was on her way to a temple when the accused intercepted and molested her. When the victim's father tried talking to him, the accused verbally abused him and even molested the girl's sister-in-law," the officer said.

On February 23, an MCD gardener was allegedly thrashed by four men after he asked two women with kids to vacate a park for a few minutes as there was water all around and the kids could have slipped and hurt themselves. The incident took place in Civil Lines.

"Dhalchand, the gardener, had just watered the community park in Timarpur and asked the two women to vacate it for a few minutes to allow the park to dry," said an officer.

The women took offence to his request and within 10 minutes, he found himself being beaten up by some youths who claimed that he had 'offended their women'.

On February 24, a biker was robbed by a man, while his accomplice pretended to be hit by some vehicle and laid on a road divider.

"Anil Kumar had just dropped his employer at his Civil Lines residence and was going to his Trilokpuri house when, at the Kyber Pass red light, he saw a youth sitting on an adjacent divider and screaming with pain," said an officer.

As soon as Kumar got off his bike to tend to the 'victim', a 'stout, muscular man' caught hold of him, snatched his wallet and phone and fled. Anil, then, saw the 'accident victim' too running away with his burly assailant.