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Southern States - Tamil Nadu-Chennai

Spurt in crime incidents in city
By S.Shivakumar

CHENNAI, MARCH 6. There was a spurt in crime incidents in the city on Wednesday with the crimes including a Rs.2.25 lakh robbery, a chain snatching incident and a pensioner being relieved of his money in an MTC bus.

The victims of the robbery and the chain snatching incidents suffered injuries.

The incidents showed the vulnerability of senior citizens to violent attacks which were carried out boldly in public places. Often, such victims prefer not to lodge complaints, as the Police stations react indifferently and are even hostile to complainants.

The Rs.2.25 lakhs robbery occurred in front of a City Union Bank branch at Sai Nagar in Chinmaya Nagar. The manager of a medical firm Pradeep and his colleague Sakthivel came to the bank around 12-30 p.m. to deposit the money.

When they parked their vehicle, the three-member gang demanded the cash bag at knife point. When Mr.Pradeep resisted, the gangsters attacked him with a knife and sped away with the cash bag. The incident sparked a panic in the area.

In another case, a pensioner, N.Deivanayagam of Triplicane fell victim to a two-member gang in an MTC bus this afternoon. According to the victim, Mr.N.Deivanayagam, a pensioner of the State Government, was returning home in a 17 C cut service to Gemini from Vadapalani after collecting the money from a friend's house. He was proceeding to a bank in Triplicane to deposit the amount. ``In the bus, the person seated next to me diverted my attention by dropping a coin. He then asked me if it belonged to me. When I bent to pick up the coin, he apparently slit my bag and took away the cash. While alighting from the bus, I noticed the cash missing and also the slit bag. When I confronted the person who sat next to me, he threatened me. The suspect said that he did not take the money and was willing to be searched if there was any doubt. Moreover, the suspect was not alone and had some associates'', Mr.Deivanayagam said.

A resident of Karpagam Garden, Meena (56) was walking towards Damodarapurm when she was targeted by a two-member motorcycle-borne chain snatching gang.

The robbers snatched the chain from the victim at the junction of Damadorapuram and Venkateswara Nagar Main Road around 7 p.m. this evening.

A terrified Mrs Meena said, ``I suddenly felt an acute pain round my neck and it took some time to realise that a gang was snatching my gold chain. I immediately, held on to my chain and raised an alarm. Even as I resisted one of the culprits pulled harder and the chain cut. An autorickshaw driver who noticed my plight rushed to my rescue. On seeing this, the culprits sped away on their motorcycle''.

Gang held

A three-member gang which committed crimes using stolen motorcycles as getaway vehicles in Chinmaya Nagar area was arrested by the Anna Nagar range police on March 1.

The gang members confessed to snatching three chains. Four stolen motorcycles, silver and household articles worth Rs.two lakhs were recovered from them.

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