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A snatching a day in Chandigarh, elderly women easy prey

The snatchers first do a recce and ensure they know a safe route to escape.

punjab Updated: Mar 08, 2017 14:38 IST
HT Correspondent
Snatching victim Kanta Bhatia (62) of Sector 42.
Snatching victim Kanta Bhatia (62) of Sector 42. (HT File)

Chandigarh: With the city seeing a snatching a day this year (40 snatchings in 59 days) so far, a pattern has emerged where elderly women are easy prey and are targeted in the same modus operandi. The snatchers first do a recce and ensure they know a safe route to escape.

After the snatchers on a bike spot an easy prey, usually, an elderly woman, the pillion rider steps down and starts conversation. The driver stays away at a convenient distance. HT recounts some recent instances where this has happened. In all instance, there has been a perfect escape

March 6

Gold chain of Urmila Biswal, 56, snatched in Sector 41-B. She was standing near the gate of her house when a motorcycle stopped near her. The pillion rider snatched her chain and the duo fled. 

February 27

Gold chain of Krishna (55) snatched in Sector 40. The victim was standing outside her house with her neighbours. The pillion rider stepped down and enquired if she had called painters to her house.

February 10

Two unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched the gold chain of a 50-year-old Shanti Devi in Sector 47.

January 30

Kanta Bhatia, 62, another victim of snatching in Sector 42. The victim was standing outside the house of her neighbour at around 1 pm.

January 16

Unidentified miscreant targeted Saroj (60), a resident of Khuda Lahora, after he snatched her gold chain in near her house in the locality

POLICE VERSION

“Cops are visiting residents’ homes to ensure residents stay vigilant. We are trying our best to arrest these snatchers. Public cooperation is also needed.”