Women, particularly senior citizens, continued to be targeted by chain-snatchers in the city, with two more incidents of the crime being reported on Wednesday.
In the first case, an unidentified person threw chilli power into the eyes of 65-year-old Savitri P Pulikkil while she was walking to her house on Wednesday night. The victim attempted to fight off the miscreant, who fled from the spot after snatching part of her gold chain.
“At around 9pm, I was walking home from my daughter’s shop in Kanamavar Nagar in Vikhroli village when a man — about 25 years old — threw chilli powder at me. While he was trying to snatch my chain, I grabbed his hand. The chain broke, and he escaped with a part of it,” said Pulikkil.
Pulikkil then approached the Vikhroli police station. “I filed an FIR because others shouldn’t be targeted like I was. I use this route often,” she said.
In the other case, the Worli police registered a case of robbery against two bike-borne thieves who snatched a chain worth around Rs3 lakh off a 46-year-old woman, and drove away.
The officials said the duo approached Pavayee Devendra at 2pm while she was on her way home with her son Kartik, 30.
“After we got off a BEST bus at Nehru Planetarium, we were walking towards our Mariamma Nagar home when they came by on a motorbike. After slowing down a bit, they sped past us and snatched my mother’s chain weighing 10 tolas,” said Kartik.
The Worli police have registered a case of robbery. “We have footage from CCTV cameras outside the planetarium that captured the accused,” said Deepak Pawar, senior inspector of the Worli police station.