10 chain-snatching incidents reported in 12 hours in Hyderabad

A video grab of the miscreants snatching gold chain from a woman in L.B. Nagar police zone on Thursday.

A video grab of the miscreants snatching gold chain from a woman in L.B. Nagar police zone on Thursday.  


Rachakonda police form 20 special teams to nab the culprits

At a time when the city is in a festive mood, a string of 10 chain-snatching incidents within 12 hours has dampened the spirit of the citizens.

This happened nearly five days after Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh M Bhagwat claimed that there was a dip in chain-snatching this year. However, the string of snatching incidents sparked fear among women in the city.

Moreover, the Rachakonda police believe the two bike-borne unidentified miscreants were from one gang in all these incidents, which happened in quick succession on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, six snatchings, including an attempt, was reported in just an hour, from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., Thursday morning saw four more snatching incidents, again in just a matter of one hour (between 6.40 a.m. and 7.30 a.m.).The duo, who are at large, used a 200CC sports bike for committing the offences and they were about 25 years old, said Rachakonda Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crimes) K. R. Naga Raju.

The youths committed snatching in Vanasthalipuram, L.B. Nagar, Hayathnagar and Meerpet police station limits. The police recovered the footage of surveillance cameras in which the offences were recorded and were on the lookout for the suspects, said Mr Naga Raju. “Their photos were sent to all the police stations in Telangana and neighbouring States,” the officer said.

‘Carrying firearms?’

He said the suspect who was riding the bike was clad in a full sleeves shirt and jeans with a backpack, while the pillion rider, who snatched the chains from women, was wearing a light colour shirt with jeans and running shoes by covering his face with a handkerchief.

“It is confirmed that they are not part of any local gang. We suspect that they are members of Bawariya or Irani gang,” he said.

The Rachakonda police formed over 20 special teams to nab the chain-snatchers. “Apart from this, sleuths of CCS, Crimes, Armed Reserve, Traffic and Special Operation Team are pressed into service,” the DCP said.

He said that around 30 tolas of gold were lost in the nine snatching incidents.

The investigators suspect that the snatchers were carrying firearms and could have left the city on Thursday morning.

“We are sending the teams to Bidar, Chennai, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh,” a senior police officer said.

The Rachakonda Commissioner of Police was not available for comment.LB Nagar DCP Sunpreet Singh said vehicle check wase being conducted round the clock.

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