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24-year-old Maloya man held for 5 snatching, wanted to fund pilgrimage

Ajay Kumar, alias Ajju, had targeted five women the same day to raise funds for a pilgrimage to Haridwar, said police.

punjab Updated: Jul 14, 2017 10:57 IST
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Ajay Kumar, alias Ajju, in the police custody in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Ajay Kumar, alias Ajju, in the police custody in Chandigarh on Thursday.(Sikander Singh/HT Photo)

The police on Thursday arrested a 24-year-old Maloya man for the spree of snatchings in the city on Wednesday evening.

Ajay Kumar, alias Ajju, had targeted five women the same day to raise funds for a pilgrimage to Haridwar, said police.

But before he could head to Haridwar for the ‘Kanwad yatra’, Ajay was nabbed by the anti-snatching, robbery and dacoity detection cell of the crime branch of Chandigarh police near the Maloya bus stand.

The closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage helped them nab him.

The police said he is addicted to charas and ganja.

“Ajay Kumar was planning to go for the ‘Kanwad yatra’. He was in dire need of money,” said Ravi Kumar, superintendent of police (SP), operations.

Ajay snatched handbags of five women within one hour on Wednesday. Suman, an assistant professor at Gharuan, was attacked while returning to her home in Sector 40.

In Sector 37, an employee of Him Parisar, DRDO, Shakuntla Devi, was targeted when she was returning from office.

Saroj Sharma of Sector 40 lost her purse and mobile phone when she was returning from the market. Harjeet Kaur of Sector 40 was the next target.

She lost her handbag containing Rs 7500 and a mobile phone. Dimple Gupta of Sector 38 lost her handbag containing Rs 5,000 in cash and two mobile phones.

Police said that all the snatched articles and Rs 29,000 were recovered from Ajay’s possession. The accused was identified by all the five victims and they have also identified their recovered articles, the police said.

Read | Chandigarh: 5 snatchings reported in an hour

NOT THE FIRST TIME

Ajay was earlier working as a driver with a private company and had committed three snatchings in different parts of Chandigarh in June this year, said police

“At that time, he had to raise money to go on religious trip to Baba Balak Nath in Himachal Pradesh,” said SP Ravi Kumar.