Chain-snatchers strike at four places in Hyderabad

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Police initiatives, CCTVs fail to deter bike-borne robbers.

Hyderabad: Installing CCTVs and deployment of anti-chain snatching teams on roads seems to have had no effect in controlling chain-snatching in the city. At a time when the city is gearing up for Ramadan and Bonalu, chain-snatchers are also making their presence felt with continuous snatchings. In the last 24 hours six chain-snatching cases were reported in the city and two of them are in Secunderabad.

Though the figures are very less compared to previous years, the increase in the incidents in the last 24 hours is worrying the public. Each police station has anti-snatching teams in the Hyderabad commissionerate area, while around 65 chase and catch teams and anti-snatching squads are operating in Cyberabad commissionerate.

Police said the number of incidents have come down with the installation of CCTVs, intensive patrolling in sensitive areas and the deployment of anti snatching teams. “We have increased vehicle checkings and are making the presence of cops felt to deter snatchers,” north zone DCP B. Sumathi said. Police said the gang could be a part of the Bavaria gang or from outside.

Despite police initiatives, the gangs struck at Karmanghat, Nacharam, New Bhoiguda and East Marredpally on Wedne-sday and at Addagutta and near the Mahankali temple at Secunderabad on Thurs-day. Snatchers are targeting women during the morning from 5 am to 7 am and at night from 7 pm to 9 pm.

On Thursday, at around 5.30 am, Laxmi, 49, a petty shop owner in Addagutta, was robbed by snatchers who came to her shop as customers and fled with her chain. The victim said that her tali weighing 4 grams was of gold, and the chain rolled gold.

Around 6.25 am Chandrakala, 38, a housewife, was robbed by snatchers, near the Mahankali temple, when she came out to dump garbage. The men fled with her 2.5 tola gold chain. On Wednesday snatchers struck at New Bhoiguda and snatched the five tola gold chain of 57-year-old R. Sujatha. They also robbed 59-year-old Vedavalli at East Marredpally of her 5 tola gold chain. A housewife lost her 2.5 tola gold chain in Karmanghat, while another housewife was relieved of her 2 tola gold chain at Nacharam.

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