As incidents of snatching are becoming a routine crime in Amritsar, there hardly seems any fear of police among the snatchers who looted a woman on Monday, meters away from the residence of Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh.
The miscreants robbed the woman of Rs 1 lakh cash and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh in a lane near the Mall Road residence of the police commissioner. The incident took place in the broad daylight, causing panic and resentment among the victim and her relatives.
According to available information, victim Monika, a resident of Kotkapura, had come to the city to attend a function and was going to the bus stand on a rickshaw when two unidentified persons came on a motorcycle, snatched a bag from her and sped away.
Police sub-inspector Shiv Nath said, "The lady had come from Kotkapura to attend a wedding in Amritsar. She was going on a rickshaw when the snatchers executed the loot. We are registering a case in this regard and efforts are on to nab the guilty".
He further said, "The woman told us that she carried cash worth Rs 1 lakh and jewellery costing around `five lakh".
Talking to Hindustan Times, police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said, "We are taking incidents of snatching very seriously. The number of incidents have come down and regular efforts are being made to curb it further. Ever since the drive against drug peddlers has been launched, the number of incidents of snatching has come down. Still we will have to heighten the vigil".
The city recently witnessed a number of incidents of snatching. Two such incidents were reported in the area of cantonment police station only two days ago. One of these incidents took place in the posh Rani Ka Bagh area wherein a young boy was robbed of a mobile phone by snatchers who brandished a sharp-edged weapon.
Amritsar has been a happy hunting ground for snatchers. In many cases it has been seen that snatchers use sharp-edged weapons to threaten the victim. Many a time, tourists coming from others parts of the country or even abroad are targeted by snatchers. Several such incidents take place in broad daylight.
However, the city police normally show reluctance in registering cases as far as snatching is concerned. In the past also, it has been noticed that various incidents of snatching are merged into a single FIR just to show that crime graph is low.
A couple of years ago, even Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had to intervene after a snatching victim was denied a separate FIR in the city.