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UT to recommend rigorous punishment for snatchers

In order to curb snatchings in the city, Chandigarh Police will soon seek rigorous imprisonment for those behind these incidents. The police so far have failed to control incidents of snatching which have become a routine affair in the city. The snatchers are not hesitating to target the residents even at their door steps, giving them sleepless nights.

punjab Updated: Mar 01, 2017 11:03 IST
Nikhil Sharma
Chandigarh
Under Section 379B, a snatcher gets the rigorous jail term not less than 10 years but which may extend to 14 years jail.(Illustration by Daljeet Kaur Sandhu/HT Representative Illustration)

In order to curb snatchings in the city, Chandigarh Police will soon seek rigorous imprisonment for those behind these incidents.

The police so far have failed to control incidents of snatching which have become a routine affair in the city. The snatchers are not hesitating to target the residents even at their door steps, giving them sleepless nights. A senior police officer said former UT superintendent of police Navdeep Singh Brar, who was transferred to Arunachal Pradesh last month, was studying jail terms for snatchers in the neighbouring states such as Haryana and Punjab.

“Brar was studying and working on the new possible jail term for snatchers in Chandigarh. As snatchers can be jailed for up to ten years in Haryana and Punjab, we are planning to draft a similar recommendation to the government as that can really help in restricting the snatchings in the city.

“It is going to be a long process as the bill will have to be cleared from the Parliament which will be eventually implemented pan India,” said the officer.

SECTION 379 A AND B

In order to make harsher laws for the snatchers, clauses 379 A (defines snatching) and 379 B (causing hurt in order to commit snatching) were added to Section 379 (punishment for theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the Haryana and Punjab governments in 2015. Under Section 379A, a snatcher can be awarded rigorous imprisonment up to five years along with Rs 25,000 fine. Under Section 379B, a snatcher gets the rigorous jail term not less than 10 years but which may extend to 14 years jail.

Even the Maharashtra government has increased the jail term for snatching up to five years.

In Chandigarh, snatchers are awarded jail term up to three years. Snatching cases in the union territory are registered under Sections 379 (maximum three years jail for theft) and 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person. Maximum punishment is two years).

Another officer said, “There will be tremendous decline in the snatchings in the city in case additional clauses will be added with theft. Miscreants get maximum of three year jail and they repeat same when released. Moreover it should be made non-bailable offence as miscreants get easy bail.”

About 40 snatchings have been reported in the city police stations till date this year. Up to 160 snatchings were reported last year in the city. Sources said poor quality and malfunctioning cameras installed at key points in the city also cause hindrance in identifying and nabbing the miscreants.

Blurb: About 40 snatchings have been reported in the city police stations till date this year. Up to 160 snatchings were reported last year in the city.