Kash­mere Gate: Snatch­ers strike twice in 48 hrs...

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NETWORK

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.”

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