Two incidents of chain snatching were reported in the city between 8:45 am and 9:30 am in Kuvempunagar limits. The two incidents were reported after a gap of 21 days. On July 14, two incidents were reported in Saraswathipuram and Gokulam.
This time too, the criminals came in a Black Pulsar bike and spoke to the victims in fluent Kannada and both of them were well built. The modus operandi of the July 14 and the latest incident is similar, police said.
Between 8:45 am and 9:00 am, Kuvempunagar
The first incident was reported in Viveka Nagar that is beyond Kuvempunagar near Aravind Nagar where 65-year-old Soubhagya, wife of late Krishnamurthy was targeted. It was a routine for her to pluck flowers outside her house every morning.
On Wednesday, she ventured out if her house to pick some flowers for puja. The flower plant was outside her house compound wall. At around 8:45 am, two youths who came in a bike approached her asking the address of a tuition teacher in the neighbourhood.
As Soubhagya turned to one side and her attention was diverted, one of the youths snatched her gold chain weighing 100 grams. The youths sped away before Soubhagya realised that she has been robbed. She raised an alarm in vain. She immediately rushed to Kuvempunagar police station and narrated the incident to the police.
9:30 am, Kuvempunagar
One more incident was reported near Jagadamba Petrol Bunk at Kuvempunagar where 63-year-old Jalaja Bai, wife of late Chandrakanth was targeted. Jalaja Bai used to sell vegetables and she usually came near the Jagadamba Petrol Bunk every Wednesday.
Criminals approached her at around 9:30 am and asked the address of Reddy Apartment. When Jalaja Bai’s attention was diverted, one of the youths snatched her 45-gram gold chain.
Here too, the youths came in a Black Pulsar bike and both the victims told the police that both of them were well built and spoke fluent Kannada. The police have suspected that all the four crimes have been committed by the same youths.
City Police Commissioner B Dayananda visited the spots and has promised to increase patrolling. He said that the CCTV footage of the entire locality would be screened to track the criminals.