A 43-year-old Japanese national on her first visit to the Capital experienced Delhi’s ugly side when she was badly injured while trying to resist snatchers in high-security Luytens’ Delhi just hours after her arrival on Saturday.
The woman suffered injuries on her head and face after she fell off the moving autorickshaw she was travelling in while trying to resist the snatching attempt by two bike-borne men.
The woman, identified as Fuki Yoshimoto, works as a senior representative with a private company in Japan.
A woman, who saw the incident, said the assailants could have been caught had two traffic police personnel stationed nearby with their patrolling motorcycle chased them.
The police registered a case under sections 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person) and 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Tughlaq Road police station.
A senior police officer said Yoshimoto had arrived in the city alone. She had planned to leave for Jaisalmer in Rajasthan at night with a friend who was staying in a hotel in central Delhi’s Paharganj.
Her handbag contained her passport, notebook, i-pod, mobile phone, two ATM cards and 50,000 Japanese Yens.
“Yoshimoto had gone to visit a mall in Saket and was heading towards Paharganj in an autorickshaw when the incident took place around 6.40pm on Aurangzeb Road near the Tughlaq Road roundabout,” said the officer, adding that they were looking for the snatchers.
Shivani Kala, a journalist who saw the crime, told Hindustan Times that she along with her friend was going towards Safdarjung Enclave side in another three-wheeler when they saw the foreigner struggling with the two snatchers.
“She was trying to resist their attempt. The assailants who were wearing helmets sped away with the bag. We rushed for her help and two traffic policemen who were standing close also reached there,” said Kala. She said the policemen made no effort to chase the snatchers.
The Japanese woman, the officer said, was rushed to RML Hospital where she was treated and discharged on Sunday afternoon.