One held, jew­ellery worth ` 2L seized

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com Po­lice of­fi­cers show the seized jew­ellery on Fri­day.

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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