On March 8, when women around the world were being pampered on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 28-year-old Suparna Ghag showed exemplary courage in aiding the arrest of Deepak Kesarkar and Vishal Chormare who allegedly tried to snatch her chain.
Ghag and 31-year-old Usha Jadhav, employees of Fortis hospital in Mulund, were walking towards Nahur station when the incident took place.
“It was around 9.30 at night. The lane was dark. I felt someone tug at my chain. But before I could realise what was happening, someone pulled my chain from behind and started running,” said Ghag.
Ghag turned around to see that Kesarkar had run past her. Soon after, she saw a bike approaching towards the robber.
“I knew the moment I saw the bike that it had been brought there so the chain-snatcher could escape,” she said.
Ghag wasted no time in taking action. To avert his escape, she ran towards the bike and raised an alarm. Chormare, who was on the bike, panicked and fled.
“There were a few people in a car who heard my cries and chased after the chain snatcher. They caught up with him and soon a crowd had gathered around.”
Although the accused denied snatching Ghag’s chain, he eventually confessed.
“Initially, when Usha and I told the crowd what he had done, they started hitting him. Eventually, he confessed that he left the chain at the spot where he had snatched it from me.”
A man from the crowd volunteered to help Ghag find her chain and the two of them went to the spot.
Later, it transpired that the accused had kept the chain with him. When Ghag returned to where the accused had been caught, she found that the mob had recovered the chain from the accused.
Soon after, the police arrived and arrested him. Later, they were able to nab the biker as well.
Dilip Dhamonse, assistant police inspector of Mulund police station, confirmed the incident and said, “We have arrested the accused Deepak Kesarkar and also the biker Vishal Chormare.”