Luck ran out on a professional snatcher when he managed to whisk away the cellphone of a train passenger at Adityapur, but could not outpace a platform mob that chased and caught him on Friday.
The incident, which comes close on the heels of another snatching at the same station on July 23, took place around 7.30am. Tata-Danapur Express passenger Raju Sharma, who was returning to Bihar after appearing for an ITI entrance test in Rourkela, Odisha, was caught off guard when a youth passing by his berth window lunged at his phone.
“The train had already left Adityapur station and I was talking on my cellphone. Suddenly, I felt a tug on my hand and the next moment the mobile handset was gone,” recalled Sharma.
As he raised an alarm, some people waiting on the platform chased the youth. “In the meantime, a fellow passenger had pulled the chain, bringing the train to a halt. I got off and also ran after the thief,” the resident of Munger district in Bihar said.
By the time he caught up with the mob, the snatcher had already been held. “I got back my phone. The youth was thrashed and handed over to Jugsalai police,” Sharma said.
Jugsalai OC Ashok Giri confirmed the incident. “However, it was a case for Tatanagar GRP and we handed over the accused to them after treatment at MGM Medical College and Hospital,” said Giri.
Officer-in-charge of GRP, Tatanagar, Ashok Ram said the youth had been identified as Mohammed Mubarak (20), a resident of Garib Nawaz Colony. “He has a record of stealing and snatching, also at Tatanagar station,” Ram said, adding that the youth would be forwarded to judicial custody on Saturday.
On July 23 evening, a gang of four had attacked a passenger aboard another Bihar-bound train at Adityapur station and had relieved him of his gold-chain and cellphone at dagger point.
Though the railway police have registered a case of loot against four unidentified persons on the statement of victim Pavan Agrawal, no one has been arrested in this connection so far.