Spate of robberies this year

Sunil Pradhan
Monday, 15 January 2018

Pune: Just as Commissioner of City Police Rashmi Shukla expressed concern about street crime in the city, chain snatchers and robbers are giving the city police a tough time this year as over 30 incidents of robbery have taken place in first two weeks of the year.

At a recent press conference, Shukla said the city is expanding and there are just 12,000 police officials to serve the city which impacts visible policing in the city. 

Pune: Just as Commissioner of City Police Rashmi Shukla expressed concern about street crime in the city, chain snatchers and robbers are giving the city police a tough time this year as over 30 incidents of robbery have taken place in first two weeks of the year.

At a recent press conference, Shukla said the city is expanding and there are just 12,000 police officials to serve the city which impacts visible policing in the city. 

As per information shared by city police officials, 15 gold chain snatching incidents were reported this year. These incidents occurred in areas under the jurisdiction of Hinjawadi, Kothrud, Wakad, Chatuhshrungi police station clearly indicating the inclination of the snatchers to use the Pune-Bengaluru highway as the escape route. These areas along with Warje have always been crime-prone as robbers find it easy to move out of city limits using the Pune-Bengaluru highway.

About investigation of four chain snatching cases in jurisdiction of Kothrud police station, Police Inspector Shankar Khatke  (Crime) said, “Last year we were able to solve all chain snatching cases and this year too we will try the same. We are working to solve these cases,” added Khatke. Other robbery incidents have taken place under the jurisdiction of Hadapsar, Kondhwa, Nigdi, Pimpri, Bharti Vidyapeeth police stations where criminals have robbed people of their mobile phones, cash and other belongings.

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