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Rs 1.5 lakh snatched from senior citizen

Jamshedpur, June 21: Two motorcycle-borne criminals snatched a bag containing Rs 1.5 lakh from a 68-year-old man in Golmuri area of the steel city on Saturday, exactly a week after a Mango resident was robbed of Rs 1.69 lakh in a similar fashion.

Janardhan Prasad, a former Tata Steel employee, was returning home to 24D Tuiladungri in Golmuri after withdrawing the money from the Canara Bank branch on Masjid Road around noon when the incident took place.

Prasad was on his cycle and the cloth bag containing the cash was hanging from the cycle’s handle. Two youths on a bike, who had been apparently following him from the bank, hit the cycle from behind. Prasad lost his balance and fell on the road even as the duo snatched the bag and fled.

He sustained bruises on his head and shoulders. Onlookers rushed to his help and informed the officers at Golmuri thana.

Speaking to The Telegraph, a visibly shaken Prasad said he had withdrawn the amount for their firm, S.K. Enterprise that is engaged in installation of mobile towers.

“I regularly carry cash from the bank but have never faced anything like this,” the former Tata employee said.

In the evening, Prasad lodged an FIR against some unidentified criminals.

On last Saturday, two bike-borne criminals snatched a bag containing Rs 1.69 lakh from Md Pervez Alam in a similar manner. Like Prasad, Alam had withdrawn the amount from the same Canara Bank and was on his way home when two youths targeted him near Shitala Mandir roundabout.

Golmuri OC Md Nehaluddin claimed that police had got some leads from the CCTV footage of the bank. “It seems a gang is involved. Some youths had entered the bank and passed on information to their aides waiting outside. We are closely monitoring the footage and hope to crack both the cases soon,” the OC said.