Irked over the inefficiency of the local police to check growing cases of chain snatching in Palam Vihar, a group of residents met the area SHO and asked him to increase police patrolling.
The residents also asked SHO Kuldip Singh to register an FIR in a chain snatching incident that took place on the road connecting Old Delhi and Sector 22 on July 21. They also demanded that the culprit should be arrested at the earliest.
The victim, Kamlesh (48), resident of Sector 22 told Hindustan Times, “I got down at Krishna Chowk on the Old Delhi road and decided to walk home. As soon as I walked up to 100 metres, a biker, probably 25 years of age, approached me. I kept walking and ignored him. The biker returned and snatched my gold chain.”
Kamlesh said she immediately informed the police but to no avail.
“It only after area residents went to the police station and sought registration of an FIR that the police acted,” she added.
Sources said Anand Farm, a private company located along the Old Delhi road, had installed a CCTV camera on the stretch on which the image of the biker wearing a black shirt and jeans had been captured.
“We will inspect the CCTV footage. We’ve also sought the help of experts and have asked the ASI concerned to expedite the job of nabbing the culprit,” said SHO Kuldip Singh.
As many as five theft cases have taken place on the stretch in the last five days from Sectors 21, 22 and 23.
Besides, two theft cases were reported on Monday night.
“Criminals are committing thefts fearlessly and operating in gangs. We have reminded the police time and again but nothing has happened in this regard,” said Bhagwan Singh, an area resident.