A youth snatched an elderly homemaker’s gold chain while she was about to get into her car outside the crowded CA market in Salt Lake around 8.30pm on Monday.
According to police reports, Monday’s snatching was the 13th reported from the city and its surrounding areas over the past 37 days.
Kaberi Hajra, the 67-year-old homemaker who lost her chain, and husband Nrisinghaprasad, 75, have lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar North police station. No one has been arrested yet.
“We are trying to identify the youth who had snatched the chain. Some known criminals have been picked up and are being questioned,” said a police officer.
The youth, the officer added, had left behind his slippers before running away.
The elderly couple said the snatcher, who seemed to be in his early 20s, had struck while they were standing between the CA market and a building, instructing a young boy who was loading vegetables they had just bought into the car boot.
“The youth came running from behind, tugged at my chain and fled towards Duttabad,” the woman said. “I suffered bruises on my neck because of the snatching.”
A few shopkeepers and the guard of an adjacent house chased the youth but failed to catch him.
The Hajras had been residents of CA block for many years before shifting to Keshtopur last year.
“We used to stay in a rented house in CA block. Though we live in Kestopur now, we still shop at the CA market as we get to meet our old friends there,” said Nrisinghaprasad, who used to work at a private firm.
Ten days ago, two snatchings were reported from north Calcutta. Romi Bardhhan, 45, a resident of Sovabazar Street, was walking down CR Avenue around 5.30am when a youth on a motorcycle snatched her gold chain and sped off towards Chitpur.
A few hours later, two bikers snatched the handbag of Piyali Dutta, 26, after she left a bank on BT Road.
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