For residents of Dwarka, every motorcycle zipping past brings a sense of fear. In the last 10 days, there have been eight instances of snatching in the area.
The latest target of snatchers this time was 30-year-old Ishita Sengupta, a resident of SAIL CGHS in Dwarka’s Sector-4. In a fraction of a second, she lost her laptop on Wednesday night.
“I got down at a bus stand near by my society. Usually, I take a cycle rickshaw, but yesterday an elderly couple from my society was taking a walk, so I tagged along with them. While walking, I suddenly felt a tug on my shoulder and before I could react, my laptop was gone. All I could see was two men on a motorcycle. These snatchers have taken away our freedom,” she said.
Her ordeal did not end there. “I called the police and the officer told me to go to the police station and lodge an FIR. There, they first tried to convince me to report the matter as a theft, not snatching. They told me it would be a hassle for me. When I and some of my colleagues insisted, they finally registered a first information report for snatching.”
Shalini Sharma (45), another resident of Dwarka’s Sector-4, lost her bag and cellphone to snatchers.
“I went to complain at the police station but they discouraged me from doing so. They said I would have to go to the court and recognise the snatchers if they got caught, among other things. Finally, my husband gave up.”
Residents have had to start patrolling the confines of their societies. “In the last 10 days, there has been a spate of snatchings in our society. We now go in groups and patrol the area at night. Recently, the barbed wire on the boundary wall was cut as well. We go to the police and complain but they only make empty promises,” said Anuj Kumar Mathur (50), secretary, SAIL CGHS.