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Odisha: Police Stations In Bhubaneswar Form Special Squads To Curb Chain Snatchings

Bhubaneswar: With incidents of chain snatching growing in the Capital City with every passing day, the Commissionerate Police (CP) has got into a preventive mode.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Uma Shankar Das said on Monday that special squads have been formed in police stations across the city to deal with the menace.

He said each squad at the police station/s will be headed by one or two officers who will be assisted by four constables for the specific task of preventing and detecting chain snatching crimes.

“As many as four constables along with one or two officers in each police station have been included in the squad. The squad will focus only on the snatching incidents and they will not be given any other assignments. They will closely review the occurrence of crimes like snatching and loot in the city and take immediate remedial actions,” said Das.

“We are hopeful that the squad will be able to keep a check on snatchings within few months,” he added.

Earlier this month, two bike borne miscreants armed with sharp weapons had snatched a gold chain from a woman in the city while she was out to pluck flowers early in the morning.

The miscreants followed the woman while she was out of her home to pluck flowers for puja. One of the bikers overpowered her with a sharp weapon and took away a gold chain from her by threatening her with dire consequences. The miscreants then made good their escape.

According to reports, chain snatchings have become frequent as criminals are having a field day in the absence of effective street patrolling.

The city has been witnessing 50-60 instances of snatching every month in the last few years owing to vulnerability of the citizen to such criminals which has raised serious concerns over the effectiveness of policing.

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