In a rather out-of-the-movies scene, Bengaluru cops cracked a chain-snatching case and nabbed the culprits at the airport all with their good observational skills. Constable Basavaraj Lamani and Devarajaiah were summoned for a meeting and shown the CCTV images of chain-snatchers. They immediately recognised one of the suspects sporting a pony tail whom they had seen at a tea shop a few hours ago, The Times of India reported.
The cops swung into action and nabbed the gang just before they were about to catch a flight to Delhi. Police recovered six gold chains worth Rs 10 lakh from their possession. “If the constables had not noticed the suspect with the ponytail and recognised him, the gang would have escaped,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by the TOI.
Just before attending the meeting, Lamani and Devarajaiah had seen half-a-dozen men, including the one with the ponytail, outside a tea stall at Kannamangala near Bagalur.
The police reached the spot where the tea seller directed them to the address where the men lived The gang of six was arrested after brief interrogation, police said. Air tickets were recovered from them which said that two prime suspects were about to leave for Delhi.
“We knew that six chain-snatching cases were proving difficult to crack. We all were tense and wanted to solve them. But we never thought it would end this way,” Devarajaiah and Lamani were quoted as saying.
The accused have been identified as Suresh Kumar alias Pandit alias Subhash, 32, Haseen Khan, 23, A Irshad, 24, M Saleem, 22, M Afroz alias Shahid, 25. All of them are residents of Delhi, while as Harris PK alias Harris, 37, hails from Wayanad in Kerala.