Sonika Sharma, daughter-in-law of a retired police officer, is scared that she has planned to shift her residence from Lajpat Nagar in Ghaziabad to some other location. Sonika survived a life-threatening incident recently when two armed men tried to snatch her gold chain.
“It was really a frightening experience when the robbers hit me and tried to snatch my necklace. The incident happened when I was driving my car. We are now planning to shift to some other location,” she said.
Sonika’s is not the only case in the city. The city has witnessed a sudden spurt in snatching incidents over the past week. Criminals are striking at will at any time of a day.
According to the police, most chain-snatching offenders operate alone or in two-member groups and usually use stolen bikes. Over the past few weeks, the police have increased checking of motorcycles.
With police officials admitting a dismal 50 per cent workout of chain-snatching cases, snatchers on bikes and armed with country-made pistols have posed a serious challenge to them. The city police say that in the incident of chain snatchings, once the robbers vanish – speeding away on motorcycles – it is very hard to crack the case.
The worst-hit areas include Indirapuram, Kaushambi, Vaishali, Sahibabad and Kavi Nagar. According to RWAs, about 6-7 cases of chain snatching have been witnessed in Vaishali area alone.
In the past couple of months, there have been nearly two dozen such incidents in the Indirapuram police station area, which covers Vaishali and Kaushambi, besides Indirapuram.