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Cop scan after chain snatch

Calcutta police on Thursday stepped up vigil on bikers on the stretch outside the Haldiram food court in Ballygunge, two days after a trio on a two-wheeler snatched a gold chain from a woman waiting there to catch a bus with at least a dozen others.

Metro spotted at least two police vehicles parked near the exit gate of the food court in front of which 41-year-old Preeti Das’s chain was snatched around 8.30pm on Tuesday. A city-watch bike and a motorcycle patrol covered a 50-metre stretch.

The police denied that Thursday’s increased vigil was in response to Tuesday’s snatching, saying the stretch needed “special” attention because of “important establishments”, including the residence of the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, CC&FC and the Birla temple.

On Tuesday evening, personnel manning a nearby police kiosk hadn’t even tried to stop the snatcher trio on a motorbike as they went past, looking for a target.

The law prohibits more than two persons on a bike and one of the men wasn’t wearing a helmet either.

On Thursday, a group of youths protested the “sudden enforcement” by the police.