Two youths attacked an 82-year-old woman, one holding her head and the other tearing away her gold chain, in a Garfa lane around 7.30am on Monday.
Arati Chowdhury was returning home from morning walk when the bike-borne duo attacked her. After snatching the chain the duo fled even before the elderly lady could raise the alarm.
“I left home around 6.30 as usual. Like on other days I walked through the lanes in Shahidnagar. The incident occurred when I came close to my house,” recalled Arati.
Two youths wearing full-mask helmets came to a screeching halt in front of the lady. “The youth in front grabbed my head, while the pillion-rider tore off my gold chain weighing 13g. They sped away before I could shout. Everything happened so fast. I stood at the spot, perplexed,” said the lady.
When she finally managed to raise her voice, it was too late as the duo had sped towards the Prince Anwar Shah-EM Bypass connector.
“She could not describe in detail what the snatchers looked like. The only description she gave was that they were of medium build and height,” said an officer of Garfa police station.
A preliminary investigation has led police to suspect that the snatchers were from the city’s southern fringe. “It appears the youths had surveyed the area well before hatching the snatch plan,” said the officer.
Arati’s son Bulbul blamed the attack on lack of policing. “We hardly see police vehicles in the area. Had policing been more intense, the duo would not have dared to attack my mother in daylight,” he said.
Senior officers admitted to lack of policing on the southern fringe. “Only seven litres of fuel are allotted for a vehicle daily. We have only two vehicles for patrolling. How can there be intensified policing with inadequate resources?” asked an officer of the police station. “We have activated our sources but are yet to get a lead,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner of police, crime.
Bike-borne youths went on a snatching spree last year, opening fire on two occasions to scare away people who gave them a chase. It took more than six months for the police to arrest the culprits.