Two separate incidents of alleged chain and mobile phone snatching were reported on Friday morning at Noida’s sectors 50 and 34. Weapons were used in both the incidents — in one to threaten the victim, and in the other to fire in the air to keep people from giving chase.
In the first case, at 7.30am on Friday the gold chain and mobile phone of a senior citizen identified as Senapati was allegedly snatched by two bike-borne men when he was on his morning walk near Meghdootam park in Sector 50. The two also allegedly fired shots in the air when they were chased by some residents of nearby Hoshiyarpur village.
“As soon as we received the information, we asked the chowki in-charge to reach the spot. However, the men had left by then. We are trying to nab them,” said Bijender Singh Bhadana, station house officer, Sector 49 police station.
The police was informed about the shooting by the residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Sector 51.
“We were shocked by the incident and many morning walkers approached us to complain about the shooting,” said Sanjeev Kumar, general secretary, Sector 51 RWA.
Police claim the victim refused to lodge a formal complaint. “We tried to find the victim, but he was terrified by the incident and left the spot. We have stationed our Police Control Room (PCR) van at the park for the safety of residents,” said Bhadana.
In the other incident, reported from Sector 34, a Bihar-based doctor was allegedly robbed of his gold chain, gold ring and mobile phone near Manas Hospital by two bike-borne men.
Dr Anil Kumar, from Bihar’s Gopalganj, has been staying at a Sector 53 resident’s place for the past few days. According to the police, at 7.30am on Friday, he was on a morning walk near Manas Hospital at Sector 34 when he was apprehended by two men with countrymade pistols on an Apache bike. The two allegedly held him at gunpoint and robbed him of his valuables.
“We have received the complaint and registered a case under Section 392 of the IPC. We are trying to nab the culprits,” said Vinay Kumar, station house officer, Sector 24 police station.
In the light of the incidents, residents claimed that police security has fallen after the elections ended.
“Till the election code of conduct was in place in Noida, there was adequate security. A PCR van was always stationed outside Meghdootam park. But today (on Friday), it was nowhere to be found. The police’s response is appalling,” said Sanjeev Kumar.
Police said security near parks has been increased in the wake of Friday’s incidents.
“We have also asked mobile vans to keep making trips of public parks in the morning and evening to ensure safety of residents,” said Bhadana.