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Duo snatch chain at bus stop

Two men on a motorcycle snatched a gold chain from a homemaker near the Kankurgachhi crossing on Sunday evening while she was waiting with members of her family at a bus stop, 100m from a police kiosk.

A youth sneaked up to the group on foot and snatched Shefali Dutta’s gold chain weighing 11gm around 7pm. Before the woman in her late 50s could raise the alarm, he ran towards a motorcycle on which his accomplice was waiting a few feet away. They vanished in seconds.

The woman couldn’t see the robber’s face since he and his partner were wearing helmets with full visors, said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, the joint commissioner of police (crime).

Shefali from Kankurgachhi said she and four other family members were waiting at a bus stop on the Maniktala main road below a railway bridge when the incident happened. “We were on our way to a relative’s home in Birati. All of us were in a good mood and I was chatting with my son, daughter-in-law, daughter and granddaughter, ” she said.

Other than them, no one else was there at the bus stop.

Shefali didn’t notice a man sneaking up to her till the last moment. “I saw a man grab my gold chain and felt a jerk around my neck as he pulled it. The next moment I saw him running towards a parked motorcycle on which another man was sitting. They fled towards the Maniktala crossing,” she said.

The family tried chasing the duo but they vanished in a jiffy. “We thought we would catch them at the traffic lights of the nearby crossing. But they were too fast,” Shefali said.

An officer said the road was not crowded on Sunday and the duo took advantage of the situation. “Besides, the place near the railway bridge is not properly illuminated.”