News Flash – 25 June 2019

National News



Family Robbed, Woman Thrashed for Resisting



New Delhi: A family of three returning home on their mini scooter was attacked by robbers armed with knives on the old iron bridge early Saturday morning. Police said Sachin Kumar Bansal (38) was returning home from Shahdara along with his wife and five-year-old daughter. At 12.20am, when they had barely covered 100 metres of the bridge, two men on a motorcycle came from behind and forced them to stop. “The men signaled us to stop. The one riding the bike was carrying a long knife. He snatched my mobile phone and wallet,” Bansal told cops. The other robber attacked Bansal’s wife and demanded that she hand over all her jewellery. She resisted. So the man slapped her multiple times and forcibly took off her bangles and chain. Fortunately, a few vehicles slowed down when they saw the robbery. This forced the robbers to give up and return to their bike.



But while turning back, the duo kicked and abused the woman even as her daughter helplessly watched on. Bansal later called up the police. The family was taken to the Kotwali police station where they recorded their statements. Bansal gave an account of the items that were taken away from them Rs. 11,000 cash, mobile phones and other documents apart from the woman’s jewellery. A case under sections of robbery was registered based on the statement. The investigating teams are now scanning CCTV footage from around the bridge to zero down on the suspects and the vehicle that was used to commit the crime. Teams are also checking the dossiers of local criminals who could be behind the incident and the informer network has been activated as well.



Metro Stations Cry for more Passenger Security

Thousand Lights Metro.



Chennai: While the patronage at metro stations has gone up by nearly 42% since the 45km phase-1 network became operational this February, the modern transit facility lacks in measures to ensure passenger safety. Commuters are concerned that their safety is at risk, as many stations either do not have enough security personnel or the existing staff are negligent at work. Regular commuters complain that even stations like Vadapalani, which is located on the bustling 100 feet road and is busy through the train operational hours, security checks are not strictly followed. “The baggage scanner staff is not present to watch the screens when the baggage is scanned. They are not there particularly during early morning hours at around 5am when the train operations begin. Passengers are also not frisked in some stations,” said S Sundar, a regular commuter from Vadapalani. According to CMRL, Vadapalani caters to an average 3500 commuters a day. “During afternoon hours when the footfall is low, commuters are not frisked and are simply allowed to walk in. This is a real cause for concern as it can make the metro stations an easy target for anti-social elements,” said Selvakumar, a regular commuter at Shenoy Nagar station. CMRL has employed outsourced staff for operation of stations, which include baggage checks and frisking of passengers.



After the last leg of phase-1 from Washermenpet to AG DMS, which provides the much-needed shortest link between Central and Airport via the arterial Anna Salai patronage in metro stations went up from an average 19.36 lakh in January to 23.62 lakh in February. On April 26, the daily patronage touched one lakh. At present, CMRL has adopted various safety measures including installation of CCTV cameras, armed police personnel at entry points in some stations, and platform staff, who does a quick scan in the trains to check for abandoned items However security measures adopted by CMRL are not enough to monitor and ensure safety of the rising number of passengers. For instance, CCTV cameras do not cover every nook and corner of stations like LIC and Thousand Lights that have long winding passage from the street level to the ticketing level. A city police team that investigated a case of chain snatching at Central metro recently said that the entry point, through which the offender exited, did not have a camera. “We have started installing more cameras in all the stations,” a metro rail official said. Armed personnel from the Tamil Nadu police, who stand guard at the entry points of stations opened earlier, they are absent in the stations between Washermenpet and AG-DMS, which was opened in February 2019.



Robber Fails to Snatch Woman’s Chain, Kicks Her

ATROCIOUS: A video grab of the incident.



Chennai: In a shocking incident, a man riding pillion failed to snatch a gold chain from a woman walking in Kotturpuram on Sunday morning and then kicked her viciously in the chest before fleeing. A total of 10 women lost gold chains in different incidents in city since Sunday, police said. Selvi of Erikkarai in Kotturpuram was returning home from a wedding when two men on a bike rode close and the man in the back tried to grab her chain. She held on to it and the man fell down. He then planted a kick in her chest. Selvi said she could identify the suspect as the pillion rider did not wear a helmet. “It is scary even to walk on the road even during the day,” she said. On Sunday evening, Triplicane resident Sudah Devi, an employee of Indian Oil Corporation, was returning home from the Parthasarathy temple when a bike borne duo approached her seeking directions. Suddenly, they snatched her five-sovereign chain and fled.



The same evening, 65-year-old Shantha of Mylapore was relieved of her one sovereign chain when she was returning home from Mundakakanni Amman temple. In Neelamangai Nagar at Adambakkam, Muthulakshmi was on a stroll when two men snatched her five sovereign gold chain, while Karpagakanni, 28, was walking on 100 Feet Road (JN Salai), when two bike borne men snatched her six sovereign gold chain and escaped. At Perumbakkam, Balammal, 75, was relieved of her 3.5 sovereign gold chain. In an incident at Seethammal colony, Teynampet, which was caught on a CCTV camera, a woman wearing blue salwar was relieved of her gold chain. But, she did not file a police complaint. In Egmore, Mary, 65, had her two sovereign gold chain snatched, and in Royapettah, to men on a bike tried to snatch a chain from Jayalakshmi, 44, but failed.

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