Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The Bhopal Crime Branch has arrested two accused who were involved in the chain-snatching incidents in the Koh-e-Fiza police station area of Bhopal. They have cases registered against them in Indore, Bhopal and Maharashtra.
They would randomly reach a city where they had no acquaintance and commit a crime. They were found by the police, moving under suspicious conditions on a two-wheeler near Bairagarh a few days ago. The cops grilled them and brought them to the police station. When they were quizzed and confronted with the evidence against them, they admitted to their crime.
The accused had snatched chains from two women in Koh-e-Fiza a couple of weeks ago when they were out on a morning walk.
The police seized booty worth Rs 4.5 lakh from their possession. The cops said the accused would roam around the streets of any city and carry out a recce of the area. Whenever they found any woman alone they would snatch their chain and flee. The accused would buy a two-wheeler from a city and, after committing a crime, sell it again.
The accused have been identified as Prem Khatri and Sachin. Sachin was released from jail only 12 days before he committed the crime in Koh-e-Fiza. He is charged with 36 cases of theft, loot, creating ruckus, selling illegal liquor and also under the Arms Act in Nagpur, Maharashtra. There are two cases against him in Bhopal and three cases in Indore. The other accused, Prem, faces nine cases in Nagpur, three in Indore and two in Bhopal.
Additional superintendent of police (ASP), Crime Branch, Gopal Dhakad said the accused would target only women who were walking alone. After committing a crime, they would leave the city, he added. They were being grilled as they had returned to Bhopal to commit yet another crime, he said.