Around 8.30pm on Monday, Jyoti Maurya had boarded an auto-rickshaw outside her flat in Gaur City 2 to go to Sector 70.
“She was alone in the auto and was talking on her phone. As the auto reached Gaur City mall, two men on a bike approached her from the left and tried to snatch the iPhone from her hand. Jyoti tried to fight them off, but was dragged out of the moving auto as the man riding pillion would not let go of the phone,” Saket Srivastava, her husband, told TOI.
As the woman fell onto the road and flipped a couple of times, injuring her leg, the bikers sped off with the phone. Passersby helped Jyoti to a nearby hospital.
“She suffered deep wounds in the leg and is still finding it difficult to walk. She is traumatised as well. The incident occurred on a busy stretch near a popular mall, that, too, during the evening rush hour. Where were the cops? How were the snatchers so audacious to pull off a crime right in the middle of bustling traffic within days of a similar incident,” he asked TOI.
Anil Rajpoot, the SHO of Bisrakh police station, said an FIR had been registered against two unidentified men under IPC section 392 (robbery) after Srivastava lodged a complaint. “We have formed teams to nab the culprits. Currently, our teams are scanning CCTV footage from the stretch to identify the bikers,” the officer said.
On October 27, Kirti Singh – a first-year student of ABES Engineering College – suffered grievous head injuries after being dragged out of the auto by snatchers on NH-9 in Ghaziabad. Three days later – on October 30 – she succumbed to the injuries.
While one of the two snatchers was killed during a gunbattle with police, the other was arrested within hours of the crime. The SHO of Masuri police station was suspended for negligence as the NH-9 stretch that comes under his jurisdiction did not have a single checkpost. Two constables were sent to the police lines.
Last week, a police team from Bisrakh nabbed a thief following a brief gunbattle and recovered 12 stolen cellphones from his possession. Rajpoot claimed the two involved in Monday’s snatching were more likely to be part of a different gang.