With Diwali round the corner, incidents of thefts from people waiting at a bus stop or travelling in a bus are on the rise. Commuters need to be alert in the festive season to prevent such thefts.
A businessman lost Rs50,000 to pickpockets while travelling in a BRTS bus. Chandraj Shah, 22, a resident of Ambawadi owns a factory in Bapunagar area. He regularly uses BRTS buses to commute from his home to factory and back.
On Wednesday afternoon, he boarded a Nehrunagar bound BRTS bus from Viratnagar stand and reached Nehrunagar bus stop at around 4.30pm. After alighting, he realised that he had been robbed. Based on his complaint, Satellite police have started investigations.
Earlier, on October 29, a thief managed to steal a gold chain worth Rs55,000 from an elderly woman. In her complaint to Bapunagar police, Renuka Barot, 62, said that the thief had taken advantage of the rush at Bapunagar bus stop in the morning and had robbed the chain she was wearing. She only realised the loss five to seven minutes later.
Similarly, Valiben Patel, a resident of Saraspur, lost gold ornaments worth Rs17 lakh while travelling from Radhanpur to Chandkheda bus stop in a GSRTC bus on October 31. In her complaint to Chandkheda police, Patel alleged that someone travelling with her had stolen the 550 grams of gold ornaments which she had kept in her purse.
Though cops captured one gang on October 2 from crowded Ranip BRTS stop, other gangs are still roaming free. After keeping a close watch on the BRTS stop near RTO at Subhash bridge, Ranip police nabbed three youngsters with four stolen mobiles of passengers. Investigations revealed that one of the members is an auto driver and planned to earn some extra bucks by stealing phones of passengers waiting at the BRTS and AMTS bus stands near RTO.