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3 punches to snatch earrings

A man snatched a 50-year-old woman’s gold ear studs after punching her face thrice near Tallah Park in north Calcutta around 5.10am on Monday.

Homemaker Urmila Devi, on her daily walk, suffered serious gum injuries that needed 10 stitches.

The Umakanta Sen Lane resident had walked a few meters from her home when she spotted a youth standing on a culvert.

“He was in jeans and a black jacket. The moment I walked past him, he grabbed my hair and tried to snatch my gold ear studs,” Urmila told Metro.

“When I tried to resist, he punched me thrice on my face. I lost balance and fell on the road. He snatched my ear studs and ran away.”

Urmila got up and cried out for help while trying to chase the man but stumbled and fell again.

“I came out hearing a woman’s screams. She was lying on the ground, pointing towards the road and shouting ‘sab le gaya, sab le gaya (took away everything...)’,” said Debika Bhattacharya, a resident of the locality.

Debika alerted Urmila’s husband Surinder Prasad, a trader, and other neighbours.

Prasad lodged a complaint with Chitpur police station. A case of assault and theft was registered but the accused could not be tracked down till late on Monday.

“We will prepare a sketch of the accused based on descriptions provided by Urmila Devi and try to trace him,” said an officer of the north division.

Senior officers said cops in a van and on three motorcycles patrol the area under Chitpur police station. “Random checking is done at two strategic points,” said an officer.

Residents, however, are not impressed. “If women are unsafe near their homes in the morning, they are probably unsafe everywhere in Calcutta,” said a resident.

Another snatching

Bike-borne youths snatched a 51-year-old woman’s gold chain weighing 20g while she was crossing the road in front of her housing estate in Baguiati on Monday afternoon. Lata Jain, a resident of Destiny Towers on Rajarhat Road, was on her way to a laundry when the incident occurred.