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7 snatchings in 24 hours reported in Amritsar, police efforts prove futile

Snatchers seem to be on the prowl in Amritsar with seven incidents reported in the holy city on Saturday evening and Sunday, bringing further embarrassment to the police after their tall claims and plans to curb the growing menace.

punjab Updated: Feb 21, 2017 15:31 IST
HT Correspondent
illustration by: Daljeet Kaur Sandhu
illustration by: Daljeet Kaur Sandhu

Snatchers seem to be on the prowl in Amritsar with seven incidents reported in the holy city on Saturday evening and Sunday, bringing further embarrassment to the police after their tall claims and plans to curb the growing menace.

The situation seems to worsen rather than improving as in one of the incidents, a victim had to be hospitalised as he was mercilessly beaten by the accused. In another incident, Rs 2 lakh were snatched from a man from

In the first incident, complainant BR Srihan told the police that he, along with his relatives had gone to attend a marriage at a hotel. Around 1.15 am, he was going to keep a bag in his car when suddenly two unidentified accused came on a motorcycle and snatched his bag containing an Apple iPad, a Samsung mobile, ATM card and Rs 44,000 and ran away.

Another incident took place wherein the complainant Shiv Parsad was mercilessly beaten by the miscreants. In his complaint, Prasad said, “I was going towards my kiosk at Tunga Wali Puli on a bicycle with three bags of cigarettes. When I reached Gali number 2, Guru Gobind Nagar, the accused came on a black Activa scooter, thrashed me with a sickle and ran away after taking ₹5,000 from my pocket.” He was hospitalised at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.

Another victim Jasleen, who works with a private finance company and collects installments from customers, in his complaint said that he had gone to take installments on a motorcycle when near Gurnam Nagar area, the accused came on a Pulsar bike and snatched his bag containing Rs 2 lakh, a laptop, a finger print machine and ran away.

A female victim, Kulvinder Kaur of Civil Lines area complained that when she was returning home after getting medicine for her father, unidentified accused came and snatched her purse contained Rs 6,000, mobile phone and other documents.

Meanwhile, the snatching hotspot, the Golden Temple was not left behind either. Pilgrim Arjun Singh told the police that he had come to the shrine with his wife Harpreet Kaur. As his wife alighted from the rickshaw, the accused came on Splendor motorcycle and ran away after snatching her purse containing Rs 3,000 cash, ATM cards, PAN card, a silver ‘kada’ (Sikh symbol), a silver ring and Rs 10,000 cash.

Similarly, in two more incidents, victim Lucky Pal complained that miscreants snatched his watch and wallet containing PAN card and Rs 500 while Nisha lost her mobile phone to the snatchers.

The police efforts prove futile with daily increase in the incidents. They had also installed CCTV cameras and deputed teams with civvies at prone areas to keep an eye over this rising crime, but in vain.