Nagpur: The chain-snatcher Shaikh Asif alias Jalya Shaikh (30), resident of Kharbi, Nagpur who was chased by people and caught and later handed over to Ajni police has named his accomplice who had managed to escape. He has been identified as Manoj Pramod Gajbhiye (30) and arrested too.
After a sustained grilling, the two arrested chain-snatchers have confessed their involvement in another five chain-snatchings from Sakkardara, Kotwali, Pachpaoli Police Station areas and one house breaking in Ajni area. Two other accomplices of the arrested chain-snatchers have also been apprehended. The two accomplices are Jainuddin Mohammed Rauf Ansari (27) and Shaikh Akhil Khalil (28), both residents of Hasanbaug.
Jalya has been remanded to jail custody while other offenders have been sent to police custody. The possibility of cops cracking more chain-snatching and other thefts looks imminent with the arrest the gang.
The cracking success was achieved by a team of Ajni police led by .API Gawande, constables Nandkishor, Prashant, Milind and Rupchand under the guidance of PI Mahadik.
It may be recalled that Two-chain-snatchers not only relieved a woman at knife-point in front of her residence but attacked and injured her. But the incident happened to be a different one as one of the chain-snatchers was chased and caught by neighbouring people. Another mugger managed to escape and is being hunted by cops.
The victim, Neeta Neelam Babar (47), resident of Plot No. 65, in front of Radhika Palace Apartment, Hanuman Nagar, was talking to her friend around 7.50 pm on Sunday. The two chain-snatchers Sheikh Asif alias Jalya Sheikh Taj (30), resident of Hasanbagh and his unidentified accomplice scared the two women and snatched gold chain from Neeta’s neck. When she resisted, she was attacked and injured. However, while fleeing, the two chain-snatchers were chased by neighbouring people who had heard shouts of Neeta and caught hold of Sheikh Asif. The accomplice of him managed the escape from the scene. Sheikh Asif was given a sound beating before being handed over to police.