A jobless youth, aged around 29, tried to snatch a gold chain belonging to one Uma (60), a resident of Kuvempunagar on Friday evening. But the lady cried out for help in the nick of time and the neighbourhood came to her rescue to foil youth’s attempt. Before he was handed over to the police, Rama Rao, the accused, was beaten up by the public.
An employee at a private company, Rao, it seems, had left the job. With a debt of Rs 3 lakh, he was being hounded by the money-lenders to return the money. With an eye on making a fast buck, police said Rao tried to snatch the chain from the lady. The accused is cooling his heels at the Kuvempunagar police station.