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Chain snatched off Patuli walker

An elderly woman’s gold chain was snatched in front of several people near her Patuli home while she was on her daily walk on Monday morning.

Cops said two CCTV cameras installed outside a police officer’s house captured the accused’s image moments before he allegedly snatched the chain off the neck of Dipa Mullick, 53, a resident of New Roypur in Baishnabghata-Patuli.

“The man was standing by a waterbody as unsuspecting walkers were doing their rounds. All of a sudden, he moved close to the complainant and pulled her chain from behind,” said an officer of Patuli police station.

The man, clad in a white shirt and black trousers, ran away, scaled a wall over five-ft high and vanished into the main road near the No. 45 bus stand, police sources said.

Mullick, who lives with husband Paritosh and their son, left home around 6am. She and a group of neighbours walk along Green View — a stretch lined with houses on either side of a waterbody. According to the complaint, the chain weighing a little over 11g was snatched while the woman was returning home.

“She was crying ‘Aar ki banatey parbo (will I be able to afford one more chain)?’ when she returned home. Her neck was bruised,” said a neighbour.

“CCTVs captured the man’s image at 6.32am. The snatching must have occurred in the next couple of minutes. We are trying to track down the man,” said an officer.

Residents complained of inadequate police vigil. “Three months ago, a mother-daughter duo had been robbed at gunpoint at home.... Had the police stepped up vigil, snatchings and robberies would not have happened,” said a resident.