In a brazen snatch incident in South Delhi’s Greater Kailash, a 46-year-old woman was injured when two men on a motorbike yanked her bag causing her to fall and be dragged behind the two -wheels. The victim, a resident of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, came to Delhi last month for treatment with her husband. She was returning to her guesthouse after having dinner when the incident happened on July 30. An FIR has been registered, but no arrests have yet been made.
Police found CCTV footage of the incident which shows the victim, Rashida Bazaz, walking behind her husband when suddenly two men on motorbikes snatch his bag. She is still holding the bag when she falls and is dragged.
Rashida told police in her complaint that she was staying at a guesthouse in Greater Kailash-1 with her husband. “Around 10 p.m., I was leaving the M-Block market after having had dinner and heading to my guest house. Suddenly, two men who arrived on a motorbike managed to escape after snatching my bag. I couldn’t write down their bike number and they headed to block B. I had my mobile phone, Ayushman card, Aadhar card, ATM card, Rs 1,500, in my bag,” says she in her complaint.
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Police learned of the incident after receiving a call to the police control room and rushed to the scene. “The police met the complainant and recorded her statement. Based on his complaint, an FIR under IPC Sections 379 (theft), 356 (criminal assault or force in an attempt to steal property worn or carried by a person) was filed at the Greater Kailash Police Station.” , said an officer.
In Delhi, nearly 800 kidnapping cases have been reported on average every month this year, Delhi Police are struggling to get street crime under control despite high deployment of personnel and high-tech electronic surveillance across the city . The increase is particularly worrying as only around 40% of PCR calls relating to bag snatching/theft are converted to FIR, leaving a majority of complainants in the lurch.
Police said they have tightened security, installed new CCTVs and deployed specialist teams to increase the PCR conversion rate. Officers, however, have also argued that the increase in crimes over last year is mainly due to the city’s post-pandemic “unlocking” and increased case registration.