Salem: In a significant breakthrough, the Salem police arrested two men involved in a series of chain snatching cases. The accused, identified as T Thangavel, 27, from Gangavalli in Salem district, and M Jothibasu, 43, from Parapalayam in Tirupur district, were apprehended on Thursday. The police also seized six-sovereigns of gold, ₹80,000 in cash, and a scooter from the accused.
The duo was involved in two chain-snatching incidents that occurred in the past month. The first incident took place near Sankari railway station on January 8, where they snatched a four-sovereign gold chain from K Jayalakshmi, 70. The second incident occurred on January 19 in Kasthuripatty, where they snatched a six-sovereign gold chain from R Kamalam, 65.
The police made the arrests during a routine vehicle check on the Salem-Erode highway. A police team intercepted a scooter at around 8 PM on Wednesday and discovered the involvement of the accused in the chain snatching cases. “During the inquiry, we learned that the duo was responsible for both incidents,” stated Sankari police inspector T Rajin.
Rise in Chain Snatching Cases
Chain snatching incidents have been on the rise in various parts of the country, including Nashik and Delhi. In Nashik, four chain and phone snatching cases were reported in just a week, with the stolen items totaling ₹62,000. The victims were targeted by unknown individuals on bikes in areas like Ambad, Indiranagar, and Panchavati.
Similarly, in Delhi, two men were arrested for snatching a bag containing important documents from a man in the Khyala area. The suspects, Jagdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh, were caught by a police team near the Khyala branch of Punjab and Sindh Bank. The victim’s bag was recovered and returned to him.
Another incident in Delhi involved two youths, a disc jockey, and a salesman, who resorted to snatching to fund their lavish lifestyle. They were arrested from Sultanpuri for their involvement in multiple snatchings in outer Delhi. The victim, an employee of a cosmetic company in Noida, was targeted late at night while walking home after getting out of a cab.
Law enforcement agencies are taking these incidents seriously and are increasing efforts to curb chain snatching cases. Citizens are advised to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures to ensure their safety.