Pune: The much-talked about anti-chain snatching squad of the city police has been disbanded by the new police commissioner Satish Mathur. The reason: apart from making spot visits, the squad literally did nothing during the 10 years of its formation.
The commissioner issued a circular two days ago disbanding the squad. The team head Inspector Chandrakant Ghodke has been transferred to the Economic Offences Wing while the other members including a PSI and four constables have been shifted to the Control Room.
Speaking to dna, Mathur confirmed that the squad has been disbanded and said, “The chain-snatching incidents have gone up considerably. We have prepared a new strategy and our team has already started functioning on the new line of action.”
As per the statistics from the city police, 479 cases of chain snatchings were reported in 2012 while in 2013 the number reached 566. Of these, 203 cases were detected. This year, in just three months the figure reached 233 and only 20 cases were detected.
There are 33 police stations that fall under the city police jurisdiction. On an average, three incidents are reported daily while the detection rate is only 10 per cent.