One held, jewellery worth ` 2L seized
Navi Mumbai crime branch (unit 1) recently arrested a 42-year-old man for being involved in several chainsnatching cases.
According to the police, Naushad Qureshi, the accused, would target women walking alone on roads and snatch the gold chains from their necks. Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested him from Amritnagar in Mumbra. He is now in judicial custody.
“With the arrest, we have solved five chain-snatching cases registered in different police stations. So far, we have recovered gold jewellery worth Rs2.25 lakh from his possession,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy commissioner of police (crime).
“We are taking all possible steps to get curb chain snatchings in Navi Mumbai and arrest the accused. For example, we have started booking them under MCOCA Act to ensure that they stay in jail for a long time (six to seven years) once they are arrested. If the habitual offenders stay in jail, the number of trouble makers will definitely go down on roads,” he added.
“In many cases, the culprits also hypnotise the victims and attack them with chilli powder and other such things. We are also taking help of CCTV camera footage to arrest the culprits,” another police officer from Vashi police station said.
“Women should always use the footpath and walk on the right side of road so that they can see if someone suspicious is coming towards them. If they walk on the left side of the road, the culprits get a chance to snatch their chains coming from the rear. Therefore, we suggest them to follow the ‘drive on left side, walk on right side’ rule for their own safety,” he added.