The tall claims of the commissionerate police of making the city snatching free have fallen flat with a sharp increase in the number of cases of snatching in the past one month. As many as 21 incidents of snatchings were reported in May in various areas of the city.
A number of cases (exact figures are not available) of snatching of purse and gold chains have been reported in the first fortnight of June itself.
Residents, especially the elderly and women, hesitate venturing outside their houses. On Saturday morning, Amritpal Kaur, owner of a computer centre and a resident of Ladowali Road, was robbed off her gold chain by a motorcycle-borne youth when she was going to work.
Kaur said she was on her Activa scooter and when she reached near Namdev Chowk at 10.30 am, an unidentified youth suddenly came from behind and snatched her 10 gm gold chain. Kaur said, "I followed the snatcher for at least 20 minutes to Shastri Market but he disappeared after he took a quick turn near the house of former minister and MLA Manoranjan Kalia."
"I told the policemen standing outside Kalia's house about the incident and they informed the police control room (PCR). The police reached the spot," Kaur said. She did not find even a single policeman when she was following the snatcher and no one came forward even as she cried for help.
She claimed that there was need to take strong measures to ensure safety of residents and the police should start a programme to aware the public to support the victims when they need help.
On Saturday night, unidentified bike-borne persons snatched a gold chain from Harmeet Kaur, a resident of Shakti Nagar, even as a police naka was set up near the main road in the locality.
Though the police succeeded in arresting some of the accused in a few cases, snatching has become a cause of concern for the law-enforcing agencies and residents, particularly women.
Even as the commissionerate police recently formed an anti-snatching squad to curb such incidents, but to no avail. Data collected from the police department reveal that 188 cases of snatching, wherein victims were robbed of purses, gold chains and earrings, were registered in 2012. There was a marginal decrease in such incidents in 2013 since 141 snatching cases were registered at various police stations of the city.
In April, 16 cases of snatching were registered at various police stations.
Figures show that the city police have failed to control such incidents while snatchers are having a field day.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-1) Naresh Kumar Dogra said, "We have rounded up many persons after Saturday's snatching incident. Hopefully, we will crack the case soon."
Dogra claimed the police had made many arrests in snatching cases and more snatchers would be arrested in the coming days.
At 10.30 am, Amritpal Kaur of Ladowali Road robbed off her gold chain by a motorcycle-borne youth when she was going to work
In the evening, bike-borne men snatched gold chain from Harmeet Kaur of Shakti Nagar though a police naka was set up in the locality
In May, 21 incidents of snatchings reported in various areas of city
In April, 16 cases of snatching registered at various police stations
In 2012, 188 cases of snatching were registered while 141 snatching cases reported in 2013