CHENNAI:A B.Com I year student was caught near Guindy Race Course while he tried to flee with his two accomplices after snatching a 5 sovereign chain from a girl student of a Fashion Technology institute, on Thursday night. It appears that luck ran out for this boy in his maiden attempt itself.
Police said the incident took place when Bavani (24), of Kundrathur, who was leaving for home after her classes at the institute in Taramani.
As she was walking along the Race Course Road, a trio intercepted her. While one of them snatched her jewel, the other two ran for the bike parked in the vicinity to flee from the spot.
However, the girl raised an alarm which attracted the attention of the passersby. The panicked duo, seated on the bike, abandoned their friend and fled the spot fearing mob-justice.
The boy was pinned down by the passersby who came for the rescue of the girl. He was given a sound thrashing before the patrol vehicle came to his aid. “Had we not intervened, the boy could have been lynched”, said a police official who was privy to the investigation. The boy was subsequently handed over to the Guindy Police.
The suspect was identified as Ramkumar (19), of Nehru Nagar, Medavakkam, and a student of an aided Arts & Science College in the southern suburb.
Investigations revealed that the two who had fled were also students and identified as Balaji (19) and Rajasekhar (19), both from the neighbourhood of Ramkumar. Cops have launched a man-hunt to trace the duo still at large. Ramkumar had been remanded to judicial custody.