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Delhi woman chases snatchers in Rohini market, gets shot in leg

Priyanka Goyal had gone to a market with her daughter when a man snatched her chain. Snatchers allegedly opened fire when she tried to chase them. Delhi police are now scanning CCTV footage to identify the snatchers.

delhi Updated: Oct 30, 2017 11:09 IST
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Hindustan Times
Priyanka Goyal’s husband Kapil said at least 100 people were present at the spot when the snatchers opened fire, but no one came forward to help either his wife or their five-year-old daughter.
Priyanka Goyal’s husband Kapil said at least 100 people were present at the spot when the snatchers opened fire, but no one came forward to help either his wife or their five-year-old daughter.(HT FILE (For representation only))

A 35-year-old woman was shot in her leg on Friday after she tried to chase and nab two bike-borne men who had snatched her gold chain in outer Delhi’s Rohini.

The victim, Priyanka Goyal, a doctor at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, was rushed to a city hospital for treatment.

Priyanka’s husband Kapil said that at least 100 people were present at the spot when the snatchers opened fire, but no one came forward to help her or her five-year-old daughter.

According to Kapil, the incident took place when Priyanka and her daughter had gone to a nearby market in Sector 5 in Rohini to buy vegetables. Kapil, who is also a doctor, said the duo followed Priyanka on her way to the market.

“It was around 7.45pm, when one of the men got down from the bike and lunged at Priyanka’s chain. The man managed to grab the chain which had a diamond pendant on it. My wife tried to snatch it back, but the man freed himself from her grip and ran. After around 20 metres, the man jumped on to a waiting bike and tried to flee, with Priyanka in pursuit on foot,” said Kapil.

Kapil added that one of the men then whipped out a gun and fired at Priyanka but missed.

Noticing that Priyanka was in no mood to give up the chase, the men fired a second time at Priyanka injuring her right thigh.

Crime data: Snatchers arrested in Delhi mostly first timers, school dropouts

“The area is close to a residential apartment. The usual Friday market crowd was also there when the snatching episode was playing out. Yet, no one stepped up to help my wife or try to nab the snatchers. Luckily, our house is close to the spot and Priyanka managed to return home limping. She then called me up and I rushed her to a hospital,” said Kapil.

He added that Priyanka had suffered two injuries, at the point where the bullet had entered and exited, on her thigh and lost a lot of blood by the time she was taken to the hospital.

Unsafe in city
37,557 snatching cases were reported in Delhi between 2013 and 2017. Police said they had been instructed to treat snatchings as organised crime.
Street crime on the rise
In the last two years, Prashant Vihar has witnessed the most number of snatchings. The wide roads and poor police presence in the area is what makes it ideal for such crimes, said residents
Data shows that in 9,571 cases of snatching reported in 2016, 94.26% of people arrested were first time offenders and 53.97% of them were either illiterate or school dropouts.
In August, 2017, a 50-year-old woman was severely injured when she fell from a moving auto while trying to save her purse from motorcycle-borne snatchers in north Delhi
In the same month, a resident of CR Park, who was looking for her stolen car, was dragged by snatchers while they tried to flee with her purse. The woman was injured in the incident.
Earlier in July, a woman was dragged out of a moving vehicle when she unsuccsessully tried to resist a snatching bid.

Doctors at Saroj Hospital, where she is being treated, said Priyanka is now out of danger and is likely to be discharged on Monday.

Kapil, meanwhile, called up the Delhi police control room about the snatching and a police team was rushed to the spot to investigate. The team, however, could not find any eyewitnesses to the crime in the area.

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A senior police official said the accused was not wearing helmet or had their faces covered. The CCTV footage which captured the men driving away is being scanned.

DCP Rohini Rishi Pal said a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act has been registered and efforts are on to trace the suspects. No arrests were made till Sunday evening and the police said efforts were on to trace them.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 10:15 IST