Staff Correspondent

Circular has been sent to police stations to recruit volunteers from youth clubs

Successful volunteers will get a reward and a certificate of appreciation

Decoy teams will be deployed in isolated areas to catch culprits

MYSORE: Despite forming additional special squads, the Mysore City Police are yet to achieve a breakthrough in frequent incidents of chain-snatching in Mysore, especially from women.

Following a series of chain-snatching incidents reported in May, and incidents in the last three days, fear has gripped women living in the residential localities and on the outskirts of the city since they are the easy targets of the culprits who flee on motorbikes after committing the crime.

The chain-snatchers strike in isolated areas of residential localities and also in places where women go for a morning and evening walk. Kuvempunagar, Gokulam, Vijayanagar, V.V. Mohalla, J.L. Puram, Saraswathipuram and Srirampura are the areas where the menace is more frequent. Understanding the seriousness of the issue, the city police have come up with a proposal to involve youth of those localities where incidents are frequent, to overcome the menace.

Circular

A circular had been sent to the police stations across the city to identify youth from youth clubs or local organisations, who would volunteer to help police in nailing the chain-snatchers. A reward and a certificate of appreciation will be given to those who are successful in nabbing them.

Disclosing this to The Hindu, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Vincent D’Souza said the inspectors of the stations had been asked to complete the process of enrolling youth for the job at the earliest.

“Their phone numbers would be collected so that they can be contacted to chase the fleeing chain-snatchers in case they are in the locality. In this way, the chances of culprits getting away from the police will be reduced,” he said.

But only those who have motorbikes, can be part of the policing, he added.

Mr. D’Souza said the concept had worked well in Bangalore and would be replicated in the city. The DCP said more than nine cases of chain-snatching had been reported in the last six months.

The police suspect that a single gang is behind the recent incidents.

Decoy teams

The police will deploy “decoy teams” to nab the culprits. “Mahila police will be deployed as decoy in lonely places to trap the culprits,” Mr. D’Souza said. “This time, we are confident of putting an end to this menace with public support.”

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