HYDERABAD: : Chain-snatchers in the city were on a free ride on Tuesday with as many as 10 incidents being reported from in and around the city.
While two cases each were reported at police station under KPHB, Jubilee hills and Chikkadpally limits , rest of the cases were reported from Sanathnagar, Habeebnagar and Sanjeevareddy Nagar police limits. Meanwhile, a case was reported from Vanastalipuram police limits Monday night where the snatched chain was said to be of imitation gold.
All the incidences were reported between 8 a.m and 11 a.m. At KPHB, within a span of 10 minutes and a few hundred metres, 55-year-old Malleswari and Jalaja (52) were robbed of their chains. While Malleswari lost about 3 tolas, the snatchers could not hold on to Jalaja’s chain.
The incident occurred at around 8.45 a.m. Police believe same snatchers were involved in both the incidences as the duo came on a bike with their faces covered. Police are trying to retrieve CCTV footages if available. At Jubilee Hills police limits, similar incidents took place at around 9.25 a.m. One of the victims K Satyavathy (66) told police that she had just come out of the Filmnagar temple when two unidentified men on a bike snatched away her 5 tola gold chain. As seen in a CCTV footage, two persons, wearing helmets, snatched a chain from the women, after which she fell down on the ground.
A few meters away, the same duo snatched a 3 tola chain from N Malleswari (30), who is a housemaid. Later at 11 a.m in Chikkadpally police limits, P Sunitha(40) from Ashoknagar and Ramadevi (65) from Domalguda lost 9 tolas and 5 tolas respectively in the same fashion within a span of 10 minutes.
At Sanjeevareddy Nagar too, the snatchers took away 3 tola gold chain from 32-year old Ambika who was coming back home after leaving her children at school. Similarly, at Habeebnagar, the snatchers found a prey in 60-year-old Sarojini in the bylanes of Sevaknagar as she had just stepped out of her house at about 8 a.m.Whereas, at Sanathnagar police limits, 56-year old Suvarchana lost two chains weighing about 7 tolas to the duo who came on a bike.