Snatchers target couple at traffic light
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.
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