Though there was a lull for some time, the chain snatching incidents are once again rising at an alarming pace. On Tuesday, as many as five women lost their gold chains in separate chain snatching incidents in the tri-cities of Hanamkonda-Kazipet-Warangal. Despite police efforts to nab the culprits, the offenders were going scot-free even today.
The women, who were robbed of gold chains on Tuesday, are Bommaka Laxmi at Prashant Nagar, Velishetti Ramya at Balaji Nagar both in Kazipet, Bhagya Laxmi at Nandi Hills on Hunter Road, Rapaka Rajya Laxmi at Gokul Nagar in Ramnagar and Rama Laxmi at Rythu Bazar in Excise Colony, the last three incidents in Hanamkonda. Incidentally of the five victims 4 have Laxmi as suffix to their names. At least 20 incidents of chain snatching were reported during last one month and five incidents on Tuesday alone. This shocked the womenfolk in the city.
The police have increased the patrolling and questioning the suspicious looking persons. As chain snatchers also included women clad with scarves around their faces police urged the girls and women to cooperate with police during their checks at several points in city and outskirts, while riding the two-wheelers and help show their identity to reduce the crime.
Reacting to the spate of chain snatching incidents, Minister for Information Technology Ponnala Laxmaiah on Wednesday called Warangal (urban) Superintendent of Police Shyam Sundar and asked him to take stringent measures to contain the incidents. Speaking from Hyderabad, the Minister asked the SP to increase the number of police squads to nab the culprits and end the chain snatching incidents in the district.