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South Extn, a haven for snatchers

delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2011 01:22 IST

This spot in the upmarket south Delhi locality is fast becoming a haven for snatchers. For the second time in the last 10-days South Extension Part-I market witnessed another case of snatching. This time a 24-year-old woman was allegedly robbed of her bag, cellphone and gold chain by four motorcycle borne men.

According to the police, the incident happened at the same spot where as on January 14, a local jeweller’s employee, who was on his way to deposit the previous day’s earnings at a Union Bank of India branch, was waylaid by three men on a motorcycle. They shot him in his stomach, grabbed a bag containing R11.40 lakh and fled.

Last week on Saturday, Sakshi Udenia became the second victim of snatching at the same spot when she was on her way back home. The incident happened at around 10.15 pm when four snatchers on a single motorcycle waylaid her. Both the incidents happened in front of shop number D-38.

“The woman was on her way back home after she went for shopping to the South Extension Part-I market. One of the snatchers took away her bag, while the other grabbed her gold chain and the third snatcher took away her cellphone,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The police said the bag contained around R8,000 in cash. They added that the road was secluded as not many people were out. “The fourth person who was sitting at the back managed to cover the motorcycle’s registration plate with his feet,” added the officer.

The entire incident took place in a matter of a minute.

“Time and again we have told the police to increase patrolling in the area but nothing has happened till now,” said Manjeet Singh Chugh, a shop owner in the area. With the help of a bystander, the woman made a call to the police who reached the spot.

“We were told that the snatchers came on a black motorcycle. Road blocks were set up and we conducted investigations in the matter,” added the officer. The woman lives on rent at a PG accommodation in same locality and is a resident of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.