HYDERABAD:A notorious criminal, allegedly involved in 102 chain-snatching offences, was arrested here on Monday and 3.46 kg of gold ornaments were recovered from him, police said.
Baquar Akram Ali, a native of Bidar district in Karnataka was nabbed by the police for committing as many as 102 offences of chain-snatching in the city and in Medak district, the police said.
Along with Baquar, a goldsmith identified as K Ram Prasad, who also hails from Bidar, was also arrested on the charge of receiving the stolen valuables. Hyderabad Police commissioner M Mahender Reddy said the accused used high-speed bikes to commit chain snatching offences and mostly targetted women walking in lanes or bylanes at secluded areas. They would approach the victims from behind or from the opposite direction.
“Baquar Akram was a habitual and most wanted snatcher in Hyderabad, Cyberabad Commissionerates and Medak district. Previously, he was arrested by the Mumbai police in a cheating case. After his release from jail, he started committing chain snatching again. He would threaten his victims with a knife if they resisted. He along with his associates committed 102 chain snatching in the past four years,’’ the police commissioner explained. Efforts are also on to nab five other accused — all of them Baquar ’s accomplices who are absconding.