Snatch­ers bran­dish gun to flee with 1 lakh from sa­lon owner

Wo­man Was Wait­ing For A Cab Near Kr­ishna Na­gar Jour­nal­ist’s cell­phone snatched near Ashram

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New Delhi: Snatch­ers tar­geted the owner of a sa­lon near Kr­ishna Na­gar in east Delhi on Sun­day and fled with her bag con­tain­ing Rs 1 lakh cash and some valu­able doc­u­ments.

Hear­ing the calls of help from the wo­man, a few passersby tried to chase and catch the duo who were flee­ing with the bag. But they backed off af­ter one of the ac­cused pointed a gun to­wards them.

In her com­plaint, the vic­tim told the po­lice that the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 10.45pm near Shah­dara Delhi when she was head­ing home from her stu­dio. When she reached the CCN Den Main Road to board a cab to south Delhi, a man came to­wards her on a bike and snatched her bag. An­other man boarded the bike soon af­ter and they started driv­ing to­wards a mar­ket area nearby.

“The wo­man raised an alarm and alerted the passersby. They chased the men through the crowded road, but one of the ac­cused pulled out a pis­tol-like ob­ject and threat­ened to shoot them. See­ing the weapon, the youths backed off. The ac­cused then es­caped through the crowded roads,” said a po­lice of­fi­cial.

The sa­lon owner said that the bag con­tained her daily in­come. She suf­fered mi­nor scratches in her arm dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Af­ter she in­formed the PCR, a team from the Kr­ishna Na­gar po­lice sta­tion reached the scene. A foren­sic team was also called to the spot.

The CCTV footage from the area are be­ing scanned to iden­tify the men. Eye­wit­nesses claimed that the crim­i­nals used a black-coloured bike that had no num­ber plate.

Po­lice have not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of the in­volve­ment of an in­ter­state gang in the re­cent spate of snatch­ings.

WHAT HAP­PENED

Snatch­ers tar­get wo­man re­turn­ing from her birth­day party; One of them pulls her hand­bag from her shoul­der. The wo­man tries to chase them but the men drive away to­wards Kalkaji

WHAT HAP­PENED

Snatch­ers tar­get a sa­lon owner who was re­turn­ing home from work. Ac­cused flee with her hand­bag that had Rs 1 lakh in cash and sev­eral im­por­tant doc­u­ments

IWHAT HAP­PENED

A jour­nal­ist and his friend re­turn­ing from a work­out ses­sion in an au­torick­shaw attacked by snatch­ers. They force the auto to slow down and flee with the jour­nal­ist’s phone New Delhi: A jour­nal­ist trav­el­ling in an au­torick­shaw was tar­geted by snatch­ers near the Ashram cross­ing on Mon­day morn­ing. The men snatched the mo­bile phone from the jour­nal­ist's hand and fled.

The vic­tim later ap­proached Niza­mud­din po­lice sta­tion to reg­is­ter a com­plaint, but was asked to file an e-FIR that can be lodged for theft cases.

The jour­nal­ist, Pushkar Banakar, and his friends were com­ing back from a play­ground in La­j­pat Na­gar. When the au­torick­shaw reached the Ashram fly­over to take a turn to­wards Bho­gal, two men on a bike slowed down be­side the ve­hi­cle and sig­nalled at some­thing. The auto driver slowed down to check when the man rid­ing pil­lion sud­denly snatched Pushkar’s phone.

“I nearly fell off the au­torick­shaw, but my friend caught my arm and saved me. The snatch­ers drove to­wards the DND fly­way. They might have been fol­low­ing us and chose the stretch to es­cape eas­ily,” said Pushkar. He reached the Niza­mud­din po­lice sta­tion im­me­di­ately, where he was asked to ei­ther go to the Sun­light Colony po­lice sta­tion to reg­is­ter a com­plaint or reg­is­ter an e-FIR.

Pushkar added that he was even told about the ben­e­fits of reg­is­ter­ing an e-FIR, af­ter he reg­is­tered an FIR un­der Sec­tion 379 of the IPC.

He fur­ther said that none of the crim­i­nals were wear­ing a hel­met, and he could iden­tify the pil­lion rider. “I would again ap­proach the cops to reg­is­ter a case of caus­ing theft by force.”

The spurt in snatch­ings de­spite be­ing the fes­tive sea­son is alarm­ing. Po­lice have not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of the same group who had attacked a wo­man in­tern from a me­dia house on Satur­day to be in­volved in both the in­ci­dents.

Il­lus­tra­tion:

Ashram Mon­day 10am,

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