The capital witnessed yet another snatching on Friday.
This time, two motorcycle-borne youths robbed a 48-year-old homemaker of Rs 65,000. The incident occurred at Namkum Bazar around 11.30am while Sanicharia Tirkey was returning to her Plandu home on foot after withdrawing the cash from SBI’s Namkum branch.
“The woman had just come out of the bank and walked a few metres towards her home when two men on a red bike neared her. Before she could realise what was happening, the pillion-rider snatched her polythene bag containing Rs 65,000 and sped away. She gave them a chase and even ran for a while before falling down,” said an eyewitness.
Officer in charge of Namkum police station Rajdeo Singh said that an FIR had been registered on the basis of Tirkey’s statement. “The woman had withdrawn the money for some construction work. We have started investigations,” he added.
According to sources, the victim is a widow. “Her husband Sunka Tirkey died five years ago,” a source said.
The state capital has been rocked by several snatching incidents recently.
On August 1, two motorcycle-borne men made away with Rs 7,500 from a retired teacher of Azad High School, Nasimuddin Khan, near Mahatama Gandhi Chowk on Main Road. On July 30, a retired junior engineer of minor irrigation department, Umesh Prasad Singh (65), fell prey to two youths on a speeding bike at Kathal More under Pundag outpost of Jagannathpur police station. He lost Rs 1.90 lakh.
Again two motorcycle-borne criminals snatched Rs 40,000 from a woman, Anita Toppo (42), near OTC ground under Pandra outpost of Sukhdeonagar police station on July 28.
Anita Toppo (42) had got down from an auto-rickshaw and was on way to her residence behind OTC ground when she was robbed of the money around 12.30pm.