Bengaluru: A new pattern in chain-snatching incidents that is being witnessed in the City over the past few months has baffled the police. Unlike in the past, chain-snatchers are now targetting over half-a-dozen women on a single day. After remaining silent for a few days, they are striking again in the same manner.
In the past few weeks, bike-borne men have gone on a chain-snatching spree, relieving at least five women of their gold chains on a single day on more than six occasions. In the first instance, on June 11, ten chain-snatching incidents were reported in a span of six hours. Though such serial chain-snatchings have been repeated, the City police have not been able to trace the culprits.
“It could be the handiwork of some new gangs which are adopting a different modus operandi. There could be a few men who rob women of chains and pledge them for money. They repeat the offence once the money is spent. Though chain-snatchers could be locals, there is no specific information about groups so far,” Joint Commissioner of (Crime) M Chandrasekhar said.
Earlier, the police suspected Bawariya and Iranian gangs. But, they now suspect that it could be some new gang as the manner in which these two gangs operated was entirely different. The police have not been able to get clues about the latest incidents during the interrogation of some members of Bawariya and Iranian gangs who were arrested in the past two months. The police are still after some members of these two gangs.
“We are keeping a close track of Iranian gang members who have expanded their base from Belagavi, Dharwad, Kalaburagi to Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hassan. There is information that the Iranian gang members are backed by another such gang in Pune. Efforts are on to arrest them,” Additional Commissioner of Police (East) P Harishekharan told Deccan Herald.
The leader of Bawariya gang Chatrasena has been arrested in Haryana. A special team from City police has gone there to take him into custody. Once he is interrogated, we may get leads to find out who are behind the recent incidents, he added.
According to police, in 2013, 338 cases of chain-snatchings were reported. In went up to 528 in 2014. In 2015, till September 30, 278 incidents have been reported.