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Two snatchers drag elderly woman for 80-ft in Amritsar, arrested

Police say the accused are drug addicts and were under the influence of drugs while committing the crime.

punjab Updated: Sep 05, 2018 10:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Two snatchers in police custody in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The police on Tuesday claimed to have solved the snatching bid case, in which two bike-borne men had dragged an elderly woman for around 80 feet while trying to snatch her purse in Amritsar’s posh area Ranjit Avenue on August 23, and arrested two persons with 1,050 intoxicant pills.

The accused have been identified Rajbir Singh alias Money, 27, of Kot Khalsa and Amritpal Singh alias Shallu, 30, of Guru Arjun Dev Nagar in Amritsar.

Harijot Virdi, a resident of Block A of Ranjit Avenue was returning home from a nearby market when when the bikers targeted her. She was just a few metres away from her house. As she resisted, the snatchers dragged her up to 80 feet distance on the road before letting her off. The entire incident was recorded in closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) installed in the area.

Addressing a press conference at Civil Line here, deputy commissioner of police (DCP-investigation), Jagmohan Singh said, “After the incident, panic was spread in the area as the woman had received serious injuries.” He said for arresting the accused a special team, comprising additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-investigation) Harjit Singh and assistant commissioner of police (ACP-investigation) Palwinder Singh, was formed.

“The team examined the footages of the CCTVs installed in the area to identity the accused,” he said.

He further said on Tuesday a team led-by assistant sub inspector (ASI) Paramjit Singh laid a special naka in Ranjit Avenue. “During the nakabandi, the team arrested the accused and recovered around 1,050 intoxicated tablets from their possession,” he said.

“After the arrest of the accused, the investigation team formed to trace the case confirmed the identity of the accused through the CCTVs footages and came to know that the duo was involved in the Ranjit Avenue’s snatching bid incident,” said the DCP.

He said besides confessing snatching bid crime, the duo told the police that they are drug addicts and were under the influence of drugs while committing the crime.

He said Rajbir Singh had been working in a call centre while Amritpal Singh is a taxi driver. “We have also recovered the bike which was used in the crime from the accused. It was stolen bike, the accused had lifted it from near Hartej Hospital in Amritsar,” he said.

The DCP said a fresh case under Sections 22-29-61-85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act had been registered against the accused at Ranjit Avenue police station. The accused were already booked under Section 379 B (snatching by force) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code at the same police station.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 23:06 IST