Calcutta, March 4: A gold chain estimated to be worth Rs 35,000 was snatched from a woman on Dover Road in the heart of the city when she was returning home from work this evening.
Till late tonight, no arrests were reported.
Police said Anusua Mukherjee, a resident of Hindustan Park who works as a senior executive in a private firm on Ballygunge Circular Road, was walking down a deserted lane when the snatching happened around 6.30pm.
“The woman told us that she usually hires a taxi. But today, she felt like walking and had just entered Dover Road when the incident happened,” an officer of Ballygunge police station said.
Dover Road, an upscale area off Ballygunge Circular Road, is lined with residential apartments but the particular stretch, the police said, is not too crowded in the evening.
According to Mukherjee, she heard footsteps behind her. “But there was nothing to make her feel alarmed,” the officer quoted her as saying.
“After the footsteps, she felt a tap her neck. But before she could turn around, she saw a youth running away,” the officer added.
Mukherjee then realised that her gold chain, which she said was around 12 grams, was gone. She immediately raised the alarm, alerting the few people who were on the road, the officer said.
The police said the accused managed to escape as there were few people on the stretch.
Mukherjee lodged a complaint with Ballygunge police station.
Officers of the anti-snatching wing of the detective department also recorded her statement, trying to gather as much details about the accused as possible.
Police sources said she failed to give a proper description of the youth as she was attacked from the back.