Fear grips Mysoreans as cases of chain snatching rise

MYSORE DEC. 7. With a series of chain-snatching cases being reported on Friday, apart from the one last week, fear has gripped residents of Saraswathipuram, Kuvempunagar, and Vijayanagar areas.

The four chain-snatching cases have shown the ineffectiveness of the police, who had claimed to have beefed up security. They also came on a day when the top brass of the department was learnt to have discussed these cases that are being reported again after a lull.

In one case, a couple on an evening stroll was attacked on a road in Vijayanagar 2nd Stage. The couple, Ravindranath, Deputy General Manager at Vikrant Tyres, and his wife, Usha, were injured by the two motorcycle-borne miscreants around 8 p.m. It is learnt that the miscreants first attacked Ms. Usha from the rear with a sharp weapon and then tried to snatch the chain. Her hands were injured when she tried to resist the culprits. Mr. Ravindranath, who came to her rescue, was injured in the legs. An activist of an NGO, who happened to pass by, admitted the two to a hospital.

In the incidents reported from Kuvempunagar police station limits, an elderly woman was relieved of her chain weighing 50 gm. on Aniketana Road around 6 p.m. The victim has been identified as Janakamma (75). The Kuvempunagar police have registered a case in this connection.

Miscreants made a futile attempt to snatch the chains of a woman and her daughter near RMP Quarters in Kuvempunagar. It is learnt that the miscreants were in their early 20s.

At Saraswathipuram, two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a chain from a woman on 4th Main, 6th Cross around 8 p.m. A complaint has been lodged with the Saraswathipuram police.

The city witnessed a series of chain-snatching cases a few years ago. Police could not nab the miscreants, but a large number of youths owning black Yamaha motorcycles were harassed in the name of checking.

It is learnt that the Police Commissioner, C. Chandrashekar, convened a meeting of senior officials today to discuss the chain-snatching cases.

Meanwhile, the Mysore District in-charge minister, H. Vishwanath, spoke to the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police, T. Madiyal.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Vishwanath said he had urged the DGP to convene a meeting of officials to discuss the issue and take steps to end the menace.

Stating that police officials required reorientation, the minister said that panic had gripped citizens as the chain-snatchers were becoming aggressive.

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