Two bike-borne robbers escaped with the gold chain of the wife of a former Uttar Pradesh minister on Wednesday evening. The CCTV footage revealed that the robbers had done a recce of their target twice and snatched the chain the third time while she was taking a stroll outside her house in Kavi Nagar, Ghaziabad, on the evening of March 22.
The incident took place around 8.20pm when Sudha Sharma, wife of former minister Satish Sharma, was waiting for her brother who was coming to visit. The family stays in the I-block of Kavi Nagar.
“Two men came on a motorbike and the pillion rider grabbed her the chain and yanked it off. Though the woman was taken by surprise, she somehow held on to the chain, which broke and the snatchers sped away with a major portion of it — only a small piece was left in her hand. She is in a state of shock. When we checked the nearby CCTVs cameras, two bikers were seen taking rounds of the area twice and the duo targeted her the third time,” said former minister Sharma.
“The driver was wearing a helmet while the pillion rider was without it. They probably rode a Pulsar bike and sped away. We have filed a police complaint but are not hopeful of the robbers being caught,” he said.
Sharma, who was from Loktantrik Congress, had held portfolios of energy and finance between 1997 and 2002 in the BJP-alliance government that saw three chief ministers — Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta and Rajnath Singh.
Hemant Rai, station house officer, Kavi Nagar, said,“We have registered an FIR in the incident. We are trying to trace the robbers.”
This is one of several incidents of chain snatching that have taken place in Ghaziabad in the recent past. On March 13, an armed robber walked up to a 30-year-old woman in a busy market in Shalimar Garden and made off with her chain at gunpoint.
In nearby Lajpat Nagar, another woman suffered severe injuries on her face and body after two bikers snatched her purse and mobile while the victim was returning home in a cycle rickshaw with her minor daughter.
The bikers come wearing helmets to avoid identification and speed away on their motorcycles after committing the crime. Police said they mostly target women.
Despite numerous such incidents being reported, the police records show that there have only been 32 cases of chain snatching in 2016 as compared to 40 and 62 in 2015 and 2014, respectively.