Two days after HT reported on the menace of chain snatching plaguing the city, the city police on Thursday launched a massive drive against the bikers and confiscated 12 motorcycles.
The drive took off on Thursday morning. Teams of police personnel checked bikes at various points, including Sushant Lok, Huda City Centre Metro station and Sector 27.
The police stopped all bikes in these areas and checked the papers and keys. Bikes found with fake keys or duplicate documents were impounded. Three ACPs, six SHOs and 50 constables, divided among 10 teams, were on the move. The teams will continue with the drive for the next few days.
This year, a total of 24 cases of snatching have been registered so far. While 149 such cases were reported last year, the figure was 142 a year before that. In majority of the cases, women fall prey to such crimes.
The police have prepared an elaborate plan to catch hold of chain snatchers on bikes. The drive would be randomly carried out in different areas. The SHO with its QRT (Quick Response Team) would be present while the operation would be conducted in its area.
“There are many complaints of chain snatching and the figure is going up every day. We do not want women to feel unsafe and insecure walking alone on roads,” said DCP (Crime) Maheshwar Dayal. “The bikers focus more on isolated areas. We request women not to use isolated roads at late night. Within a few days, we will catch hold of the bikers involved in such cases,” he added. Apart from the DCP, ACP Sadar Krishan Murari, ACP (Crime) Rajesh Phogat, trainee ACP Usha and a QRT team conducted the drive.