While you may have gloated over the fact that you noted down the number on the chain snatcher’s bike, chances are you might have rejoiced too soon. Puzzled? It is because the bike that was pressed into service may not lead you the actual culprit. Cops have stumbled upon a fact that will leave you worried. Chain snatchers use bikes that they have taken on a ‘fixed rent’ for committing the crime!
Police officials learnt about this ‘bike on rent’ service after public caught two chain snatchers and handed them over to Shaher Kotda police on Thursday night. According to police, one Mansukh Goyani and his wife Radha, 51, residents of Vikramaditya society in Thakkar nagar area in Naroda were passing from Anil starch road, on their scooter at around 9:40 pm. Two chain snatchers, following them on a red Pulsar bike, snatched Radha’s gold chain.
Hearing Radha’s shouts for help, local people and other commuters gathered and in their attempt to flee the spot, the rider lost his control from over speeding and fell on the road. People first thrashed up the duo — Deval Patel, a resident of Odhav and Dilip Makwana, a resident of Amraiwadi — before handing them over to Shaher Kotda police, who found out that they are notorious history-sheeters.
When the cops asked them about the bike, they confessed to have hired it from one Dalpat, who provides this ‘unique’ service to chain snatchers. According to JP Jadeja, police sub inspector of Shaher Kotda, Dalpat had given the duo the bike on rent for Rs2,500. “For one chain snatching, Dalpat rents out his bike for Rs2,500 and also lodge a theft complaint about his lost bike with cops, to remain on the safe side, said Jadeja. Cops are now hunting for Dalpat.