Snatch­ers tar­get cou­ple at traf­fic light

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Sak­shi.Chand @times­group.com

New Delhi: If you are wait­ing at a traf­fic sig­nal, you will do well to ex­er­cise cau­tion. De­spite claims by po­lice brass that strin­gent mea­sures were be­ing taken to im­prove the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the cap­i­tal, there seems to be no end to snatch­ing in­ci­dents, with a travel agent and his wife be­com­ing the lat­est tar­gets. The in­ci­dent took place on Thurs­day at the traf­fic light near north Delhi’s Ma­jnuka-tilla. Anil Sharma and his wife, Asha, who were trav­el­ling on a bike, told po­lice that they were wait­ing for uldn’t note down the num­ber of the mo­tor­cy­cle as it all hap­pened too fast. All we could tell the po­lice was that they were headed to­wards Wazirabad. The duo seemed to be in their early 20s,” she said.

Shaken by the in­ci­dent, Asha came home and re­moved her ear­rings and rings too. “It is a dif­fer­ent thing to read about such in­ci­dents, but when it hap­pens to you, it hits you hard. I am glad that I es­caped with­out any ma­jor in­jury,” she said.

A case un­der Sec­tions 379 (pun­ish­ment for theft) and 356 (as­sault or crim­i­nal force in at­tempt to com­mit theft of prop­erty car­ried by a per­son) of IPC was reg­is­tered at Civil Lines po­lice sta­tion. Po­lice said they were scan­ning CCTV footage. How­ever, they haven’t been able to as­cer­tain the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber of the bike.

In the light of the ris­ing in­ci­dents of snatch­ing in the cap­i­tal, po­lice com­mis­sioner Amulya Pat­naik had re­cently or­dered joint com­mis­sion­ers to pre­pare a list of ac­tive snatch­ing gang mem­bers who were caught ear­lier, but re­leased on bail. Cops have been asked to ex­plore the sec­tions of MCOCA un­der which the snatch­ers can be booked. As many as 25 snatch­ing cases are re­ported daily, but there is no spe­cific law to deal with this crime. Snatch­ing cases of bags and mo­bile phones are lodged un­der two sec­tions of In­dian Pe­nal Code — theft and us­ing crim­i­nal force.

The max­i­mum pun­ish­ment for theft is three years and two years for us­ing crim­i­nal force. How­ever, both are bail­able of­fences.

Women cops share emer­gency num­bers and de­tails of mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions with vis­i­tors near In­dia Gate

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