Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Navi Mum­bai crime branch (unit 1) claimed to have solved as many as 17 chain snatch­ing cases with the ar­rest of two peo­ple who had been op­er­at­ing in the city for the past few months.

The po­lice have re­cov­ered stolen jew­ellery worth Rs8.26 lakh and one two-wheeler from their pos­ses­sion.

Act­ing on a tip-off, the po­lice re­cently ar­rested the first ac­cused, Ankush Ashruba Jad­hav, 37, from Ne­vali Naka in Thane. Apart from chain snatch­ing, he was also in­volved in sev­eral house break-in cases, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion Jad­hav gave the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers some de­tails about his ac­com­plices. Based on that, the po­lice ar­rested the sec­ond ac­cusedYasin alias As­lam alias Is­mail Mok­bul Khan, 32, a res­i­dent of Nala­sopara.

“The sus­pect would roam around in the city on two-wheel­ers and tar­get women walk­ing on the roads. They would sell the stolen jew­ellery to peo­ple in Tit­wala and Jal­gaon. In Navi Mum­bai, they were ac­tively op­er­at­ing in ar­eas such as Vashi, APMC, Ra­bale, Kopar Khairane, San­pada, Uran and Kamothe among oth­ers,” said He­mant Na­grale, po­lice com­mis­sioner of Navi Mum­bai.

The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case to find out the other mem­bers of the gang and the peo­ple who would pur­chase stolen jew­ellery from them.

Na­grale said, “We are tak­ing mea­sures to clamp down on chain snatchers and to in­still a sense of se­cu­rity among women. With chain-snatch­ing cases less than last year’s in the first six months, we have achieved some suc­cess.”

“So far in 2016, we have ar­rested 26 chain snatchers of eight gangs. Many oth­ers are likely to in our net very soon,” he said.

Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime), said that they have had good de­tec­tions in the first six months of this year.

“Street crimes have been re­duced no­tice­ably. The only thing that is both­er­ing us is fre­quent road ac­ci­dents in the city,” he said.

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