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Snatcher trail goes cold

The bike-borne snatchers who robbed three women in south Calcutta on Friday and Saturday and shot at the two who resisted remained at large on Sunday.

Officers of Jadavpur and Survey Park police stations and the detective department admitted they did not have any lead about the snatchers. “The three snatchings are probably the handiwork of a new group of young criminals. They are operating in areas brought under the city police last year,” said an officer of the detective department.

The officers blamed lack of intelligence for drawing a blank.“The crime officers who maintained intelligence networks in the nine police stations added to the city police’s jurisdiction were transferred before the handover. Those left behind by South 24-Parganas police do not have the sources. Our bosses should have ensured that the crime officers worked with us for at least a year, giving us time to build our own network,” said an officer at Jadavpur police stations.

The raids that the cops carried out in Kasba, Patuli, Jadavpur and Garfa since the snatchings were fruitless. “The raids were conducted aimlessly. Such operations should be conducted only on the basis of specific information, which we do not have. We have no option other than to wait for a lucky break,” said an officer.

On Saturday morning, three youths on a motorcycle had snatched a gold chain from a woman in Dhakuria and fired four bullets to scare her when she tried to catch them. Fifteen minutes later, a homemaker at Survey Park was robbed by possibly the same trio.

On Friday morning, snatchers had sped away with a gold chain snatched from a woman in Jadavpur’s Central Park.