Snatchers struck once again, this time in the heart of the city. Bikers, their faces hidden behind helmets, snatched a gold chain from a woman on Elgin Road around 7.30pm on Monday.
This was the sixth incident of snatching in the city in a month.
Seema Daloria, 48, a resident of P Majumdar Road in Kasba, stepped out of a doctor’s chamber at 41 Elgin Road and was walking towards her car, parked near a bookstore nearby, when the snatching occurred. “A motorbike suddenly slowed down in front of her and the pillion-rider snatched her chain. The bike sped away before the victim could raise the alarm,” said an officer of Bhowanipore police station.
Later, Seema found a part of the 12gm chain, around 1.5gm in weight, stuck in the folds of her clothes.
Snatchers have been in action in the city since September. On September 21, goons snatched a chain from a 63-year-old woman at Bagha Jatin and one of the snatchers fired when a flower vendor tried to stop him.
The next day, goons snatched a gold chain from a woman operating a milk booth in Dhakuria. When she tried to resist, the goons fired. Within an hour, another woman was attacked at Survey Park in Santoshpur and her chain snatched.
The South 24-Parganas police arrested two persons, including the kingpin of the gang, Saifuddin Laskar, from Mathurapur and police suspect today’s snatching was the job of a different gang. “Saifuddin’s men preferred to operate on the southern fringes that were brought under the the city police last year. But these goons dared to target the woman in the heart of the city,” said an officer of the detective department.