Questions are being raised over police patrolling in the city as cases of snatchings have come to the fore and none has been cracked so far.
In most of the cases, two motorcycle borne youth were witnessed committing crime and the police have failed to trace them.
In one of the case, CCTV camera footage was also procured where the snatchers are seen robbing the gold chain of the woman openly without hiding their identity. They also assaulted the woman when she resisted the bid.
The women were being targetted by the snatchers even during morning walk, going to market and near the houses. More than 60 police control room (PCR) vehicles were deployed for patrolling, besides the patrolling staff of the local police stations, but it has failed to yield any result.
The newly joined IGP, Tajender Singh Luthra’s instructions of increasing patrolling has also come under the scanner as the snatching incidents this month show that the criminals are targeting woman repeatedly.
Cases reported in April
On Saturday, a woman, resident of Sector 35-D, reported that unknown person snatched her gold chain from the bus stop near PGI main gate. A case under Section 379, 356, 34 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 11 police station.
Similarly, on Saturday, a girl resident of Sector 18-D, reported that unknown motorcyclist sped away after snatching her purse containing cash Rs 2,000 and mobile phone near Sector 18 Post Office, Chandigarh. A case under Section 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 19 police station.
On April 13, the police booked two unknown persons for snatching a gold chain when Simi, 40, along with other woman was having a morning walk in Sector 7 park. The police said that a youth entered the park and the moment he snatched the gold chain, he ran out of the park and then there was another youth who was waiting on the bike. The police said that the youth managed to flee from the spot. The police said that they were scanning CCTV cameras installed at various roundabouts to identify the accused.
On April 12, two unidentified youth snatched a gold chain of a 65-year-old woman Nirmal Sharma, resident of Sector 43-B near her residence when she was on her way back home from a nearby temple. The police procured CCTV footage from a nearby spot which has been handed over to the police, she said.
On April 11, unknown motorcyclists snatched away a gold chain of a woman from Sector 51. The police is scrutinising the close circuit camera TV footages of various light-point junctions to gather clues about the accused.
On April 6, police booked two unknown pedestrians for allegedly snatching mobile and purse from a cyclist, a resident of colony number 4 when he was going back from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to the colony.
Raw footage of a snatching taking place in broad daylight in Chandigarh: