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No groceries in Dwarka colonies

delhi Updated: Jul 22, 2010 23:26 IST
Karan Choudhury
Karan Choudhury
Hindustan Times
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For Delhi Police, putting snatchers behind bars is apparently quite a task. So, they removed the victims of snatching off the streets instead.

Thanks to the solution provided by the police for the residents of Dwarka Sector 2, their lives have altered for the worse.

The police have removed hawkers who sold fruits, vegetables and grocery items, from the area because, according to them, large crowds gathered outside the complex had attracted the snatchers.

The problem In the last one month, nine cases of snatchings were reported from Dwarka’s Sector 2 area.

According to the police, most incidents of snatching are confined to one particular stretch between MEA Residential Complex, Ashadeep Apartments and some other building complexes in the area.

“There are a group of three or four hawkers who stand there and cater to these apartment complexes. The snatchers attack residents, especially women, when they come out to buy things from these hawkers. We removed these hawkers

just as a precautionary measure for some time,” said a senior police officer. “They will be allowed again in due time. Till then we have placed barricades and police personnel to keep vigil in the area.”

But for the hawkers life has changed complete with this move. “The snatchers even took away my money bag once. Now the police have removed us from the area as if we are the actual criminals,” said Satish Sharma, a vegetable vendor. “Why are they targeting us instead of catching criminals?”

Residents face the brunt For Ranjana Tripathi, a resident of Ashadeep Complex, getting a mere loaf of bread means a six kilometre drive to Sector 6 market.

“Just because the police are not able to nab the snatchers, they are resorting to incredulous means. Is this the way to prevent crime?” she said. For Vijay Chitra, a resident of MEA Complex, her encounter with the snatcher has left her scared.

“It was on July 7 when I went out to buy grocery from the hawkers outside our building that a snatcher attacked me. Now I fear even getting out of the house,” she said.