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Chain snatched at busy market

A homemaker was robbed of her diamond-studded gold chain in a crowded vegetable market in Sakchi on Tuesday afternoon, in a fresh pointer to how unsafe the city of steel was for its residents.

Zarina Perveen, a resident of Green City in Mango, had come to the busy Tinshed Area mart with an elderly relative in her car. They were hauling their buy back to the car around 2pm when a youth appeared from nowhere, lunged at Perveen’s neck and snatched away the 25gm chain, whose estimated worth is Rs 1 lakh.

The incident was so sudden that the shocked middle-aged victim fainted. After she regained consciousness, her businessman on Iqbal Ali took her to Sakchi police station, where an FIR was lodged. A team also visited the crime site for investigations.

Police suspect that the snatcher, who Perveen says was in his mid-twenties, was a member of a gang of professionals because he managed to whisk away the chain without being caught in a busy market.

Rabinder Singh, an eyewitness, said the city was increasingly becoming unsafe for women and residents in general. “I feel disgusted to think that chain snatchers roam free in broad daylight, while we cannot do much about it.”

Sakchi police have, however, detained two youths on the basis of suspicion.

Sub-inspector Surender Ram said they were also conducting raids to find the chain. “From the modus operandi, it appears that criminals had been following the victim for quite sometime. They must be local hoodlums,” he added.