Residents and patrol police nabbed one of two bike-borne criminals trying to snatch Rs 1.65 lakh from a pedestrian at Bhawada Chowk under town police station on Wednesday. The other criminal fled.
The criminals were trying to snatch the money from Bijendra Chaudhary, a resident of Chautta village under Bisphi police station.
Chaudhary was heading home after withdrawing the cash from Bank of India’s Bhawada branch around 11.30 am when two bike-borne men intercepted him near Bhawada Chowk of Madhubani, about 210km northeast of Patna. They tried to snatch the bag Chaudhary was carrying but he would not let it go and in the process the two criminals fell down from their bikes.
Chaudhary’s cries for help drew a crowd. Bhawada Chowk resident Rinku Jha said: “Chaudhary was holding on to his bag while both criminals struggled with him after falling from their bikes. By the time we grasped what was happening, one criminal fled. Chaudhary shouted for help and residents caught the other criminal. Patrol police led by police sub-inspector K.K. Mandal reached the spot just then. Residents were bashing up the criminal when the police took him away.”
Jha said: “We did not interfere at first, fearing the criminals would be armed. But once the other criminal fled, we attacked the criminal. Credit, however, goes to Chaudhary for holding on to his money bag.”
The man police nabbed is 28-year-old Rohit Yadav of Kodha police station area in Katihar district. His identity is yet to be verified. The police did not divulge the identity of the other criminal.
Town police station inspector Kumar Kirti told The Telegraph: “The patrolling team led by Mandal arrested Rohit Yadav who had snatched a bag containing Rs 1.65 lakh from one Bijendra Chaudhary. Residents assisted police in arresting Yadav but one accomplice managed to flee.” He further said: “Police recovered the money and also seized the bike. The bike-borne criminals were not carrying any arms, which helped residents nab the criminal.”