Kashmere Gate: Snatchers strike twice in 48 hrs...
New Delhi: Criminals seem to be having a field day in Kashmere Gate with two snatching incidents being reported from the area within a span of 48 hours.
In the first incident, an income tax department employee was targeted near Kashmere Gate metro station on Tuesday night by two men on a bike. The victim, Vijay Babu Basanta (46), was checking Google maps when the pillion rider snatched his mobile phone. Basanta was there to catch a bus to Dehradun.
“I was checking Google maps when the pillion rider snatched my phone. I caught hold of his shirt and he fell down. A crowd gathered there and people started thrashing him. In the melee, his accomplice fled,” Babu said in his complaint to police.
The snatcher, later identified as Harsh, was taken to a police station. The mobile phone was recovered from him. His accomplice was later arrested after he gave details of his whereabouts.
The second incident was reported on Sunday afternoon in which a lawyer, Vijender Singh, was targeted by snatchers. Singh, who practices at Karkardooma courts, was going to a gurdwara with his two children when two youths riding a black motorcycle snatched his phone from his shirt pocket. The snatchers were not wearing helmets.
Singh tried to catch the snatcher’s hand, but he jerked it off. Before leaving, the bikers asked him not to give chase else they would fire at him.
“I didn’t give chase as I was on a scooter and my children were with me. My younger son started crying. I then went to a police station and lodged a complaint. The cops asked me to write “stolen” in my complaint, but I talked to the SHO and he asked them register a proper FIR mentioning snatching,” said Singh.
DCP (North) Monika Bhardwaj said, “We’ve registered an FIR and are looking into allegations levelled by the lawyer against the policemen.”