A management graduate was nabbed while trying to flee after snatching a woman’s bag in Defence Colony — he was chased and caught by two passers-by on their bike.
Friends Salman Malik (25) and Faizan Malik (26) were returning home when they saw two women shouting for help. A motorcyclist had snatched their bag. Without caring for their lives, the two men chased the snatcher for about 2 km. They managed to pin him down and handed him over to a policeman standing nearby. While Salman works as a mechanic, his friend Faizan is a management student.
“The snatcher could have been armed. But the young men were extremely brave and chased him down,” said a senior police officer.
The incident took place at a stone’s throw from the Defence Colony police station. During interrogation it was revealed that the accused, Amit Kumar (31), has an MBA degree from a leading institute in Noida and has also done a course in hotel management.
Son of a senior government official, Kumar apparently took to crime to fund his drugs and alcohol addiction.
“When we arrested him, we recovered a syringe filled with a sedative. Kumar is heavily into substance abuse. He found it difficult to support his habit on a salary of Rs 8,000 and took to crime,” said a senior police officer.
The two women, Manisha and Kanika (name changed), who work for a property dealer, were on their way to Block C in Defence Colony for some official work on Friday when Kumar spotted them.
“The women were in a cycle-rickshaw. The accused asked them for direction and then drove ahead. He returned after some time and snatched the purse of one of the women,” said H.G.S. Dhaliwal, DCP (south).
According to the police, Kumar used his brother-in-law’s motorcycle for the crime and had even changed its number plate to avoid being caught.
“We recovered the snatched bag from Kumar’s possession and sent the accused to jail,” said Dhaliwal. The police were trying to ascertain his involvement in any other incident.