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Snatcher eludes cop net

The elusive young man who robbed a morning walker of her gold chain at Elliott Park on Saturday has turned out to be a big embarrassment for police, 72 hours after they allegedly shied away from taking the victim’s complaint.

Umpteen raids have failed to yield the desired result, though 62-year-old Veena Kapoor had approached a policeman within two minutes of the incident, pointing to the route that the snatcher took to escape a spirited but short chase by her husband Dilip.

“Our sleuths are trying to arrest the culprit. We are conducting raids but the accused is yet to be tracked,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner of police (crime).

Not only the snatcher, the officer who had refused to react to the Kapoor couple’s complaint was yet to be punished for violating basic rules of the service book.

An officer at Lalbazar said on Monday: “The couple have not lodged any complaint against policemen. Once it is done, we will definitely initiate action against them.”

The policemen could be suspended for dereliction of duty if found guilty of turning away the couple when they came to lodge a complaint.

The police said raids were conducted in the slum areas under Park Street and Park Circus police stations.

“He (Dilip) had chased the snatcher along Queen’s Way, the thoroughfare in front of the park. Some people told him that the youth jumped a fence and fled towards Shakespeare Sarani. We have activated our sources in the eastern part of the city,” said an officer in the anti-snatching wing.

Dilip Kapoor, 63, had approached a traffic constable after chasing the snatcher for a while. The constable apparently turned down his plea for help, saying chasing snatchers was not part of his beat. He suggested that the Kapoors report the incident to Hastings police station.

The couple had alleged that Hastings police directed them to Maidan police station because the “incident spot” was not under their jurisdiction. The rule book says a police station should take down a complaint and forward it to the jurisdictional police station later.