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Two young men robbed of cash, gold chain and cell phones

Police probing whether both crimes were committed by same group

Despite posting of policemen for Crime Wing, crime rate has not gone down

TAMBARAM: In two separate incidents, knife-wielding robbers attacked two youths and took away cash and cell phones in the space of an hour and a half at Tambaram on Monday night.

Settu of Wallajahbad, near Kancheepuram, had come to Tambaram to distribute invitations to his relatives for a family function. He was waiting at the mofussil bus stand in Tambaram to board a 79 PP Bus to Wallajahbad.

Four youths, aged between 20 and 25, came in an autorickshaw and told him that there was no bus service to Wallajahbad at that time. They got into a conversation and took Settu behind the bus stand, where they threatened him at knife-point, assaulted him and snatched Rs. 800 cash and a cell phone before fleeing from the spot. The incident took place around 10.30 p.m.

And around midnight, a group of youths intercepted Kalidas (24) of Urapakkam who was returning home on a motorcycle, at Irumbuliyur near Tambaram. The assailants overpowered him, snatched a gold chain and a cell phone from him and fled.

The gold chain weighed around five sovereigns, police said.

Police said they were probing whether both the crimes were committed by the same group. Despite the provision of new vehicles and posting of policemen exclusively for the Crime Wing in Tambaram, the crime rate had not gone down, sources said.

Many offences such as pick-pocketing and petty thefts in Tambaram junction went unreported.

The huge volume of traffic and the multitudes of people waiting in the bus terminus and railway terminus made Tambaram a happy hunting ground for petty thieves and professional gangsters.

On June 24, three cases of assaults and snatching were reported near Tambaram bus terminus and railway stations. Law enforcers should have stepped up vigil, said members of civic groups in West Tambaram.

At least now they should give priority to clearing vegetation near the railway level crossing and improve illumination there, they said.