Bike-borne snatchers, it seems, are getting bolder. In the last 48 hours, they struck twice in high-security areas of the Capital and both their targets were foreign nationals, one of who was seriously injured while trying to fight them off.
Within hours of landing in Delhi, 43-year-old Japanese national Fuki Yoshimoto was robbed of her handbag by two bike-borne assailants on Aurangzeb Road in central Delhi on Saturday.
Yoshimoto was thrown off her three-wheeler when she tried to resist the snatchers who yanked the bag, which had her passport, iPod, two ATM cards and 50,000 Japanese yen (Rs 32,000), from her and sped away. She was rushed to hospital with injuries to her head and face.
A day earlier, Marie-Christine Mahmoud Tozzi, a French national employed with the country's embassy, had her bag snatched near Chanakyapuri. The bag had Rs 10,000 in cash, a BlackBerry phone and two credit cards.