Snatchers enjoy a free run in Jalandhar, cops clueless

Fear stalks the streets of Jalandhar as snatchers are having a free run.

punjab Updated: May 04, 2017 10:59 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times
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Jalandhar resident, Santoshi Devi, had to be hospitalised as snatchers left her ear profusely bleeding.(HT Photo)

Two snatching incidents were reported in the city on Tuesday. In the first incident, two bike-borne youths snatched gold earrings of a 70-year-old woman. The woman had to be hospitalised following the attack that left her ear bleeding profusely.

Later on the same day, two bikers snatched a purse from Nisha Sharma of Kishanpura. Sharma had gone for shopping with her family members near Skylark Chowk when the men snatched her purse which contained Rs 20,000, mobile phone and other documents.

Fear stalks the streets of Jalandhar as snatchers are having a free run. There have been more than 15 cases in the last two weeks, with cops clueless.

Tuesday’s incident has exposed police and its claims of making the city free of crimes have fallen flat.

Blaming inefficiency on part of the police department behind spurt in snatching incidents, some of the victims have alleged that cops did not file FIR, and instead pressurised them by saying they would have to visit courts repeatedly if a case is registered.

Another reason in the spurt has also been attributed to the police being more focused on arresting those involved in drug cases.

Earlier this week, two bike-borne youth with faces covered, snatched a gold chain from Suman of Kala Sanghia on Basti Guzan road. Suman, along with her husband, were going to attend a marriage function. A CCTV camera installed nearby captured the incident.

On April 27, Rs 2.5 lakh was robbed from an employee of Gas Agency on Kala Sangha road when three bike-borne youths left Chuni Lal seriously injured after attacking him with sharp-edged weapons.

A total of three snatching incidents were reported on April 25. In the first incident, bike-borne snatchers snatched a purse from Chanchal Rani of GGS Avenue. On the same day, bike-borne youths took away the purse from Kiran Bala of Nangal Shama, when she was on her way back home. The purse contained Rs 20,000, gold rings, mobile and other documents.

“There is a need to take strong measures to ensure safety of residents. Police should start a programme to spread awareness among the public to support victims when they reach for help,” says Parvesh, whose mobile was snatched in Bhagat Singh Colony by bike-borne youths.

On April 23, two unidentified bike-borne youths snatched a purse from a non-resident Indian (NRI) Arwinder Kaur of Harbans Nagar when she was going to Rainak Bazar for shopping. The purse contained around Rs 45,000, mobile phone and documents.

Despite police claiming success in arresting some of the accused, the snatching continues unabated.

First Published: May 04, 2017 10:56 IST