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A costly trip one cannot afford!

By Marri Ramu

HYDERABAD, AUG. 28. Travelling by the State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) bus in the city with cash and jewellery? Then, you need to be more careful as pickpockets have been striking at will for the past one month.

Spurt in this type of offences suggests possible involvement of a gang, but investigators are yet to zero in on culprits. Except the arrest of a three-member gang a few weeks ago, the Hyderabad police are absolutely clueless about pickpockets and chain-snatchersin buses.

Chain-snatchers

Though in a majority of cases men are victimised, women are also being targeted now by miscreants who steal their chains. Unlike the chain-snatchers striking on the roads, these thieves do not attack their targets directly.

They ensure that the victim is not alerted while his or her chain is being removed.

"Chain-snatchers board buses in the guise of passengers and taking advantage of the heavy crowd inside, they remove gold chain from the vulnerable persons giving no room for suspicion to passengers," says a police officer. He suspects that at least two persons get involved in such crime.

Modus operandi

After removing a chain or picking the pocket of a passenger, the culprit would pass on the stolen property to his or her associate at the other end who would immediately get down the vehicle. Even if the victim notices the offence, none can suspect the offender, as the stolen article would have changed hands by then.

On July 19, miscreants took away Rs. 22,000 in cash after picking the pocket of a college student, K. Praveen Kumar, while he was travelling in a bus. A native of Kurnool district, the victim noticed that his pocket was picked while the bus was passing by Narayanaguda YMCA.

A resident of Ammannagar, Md. Yousufuddin, lost Rs. 23,500 when his pocket was picked while he was travelling in a bus on July 21.

The victim boarded the bus at Osmangunj. He noticed the theft after getting down at M.J. Market.

It is suspected that an organised gang is responsible for these offences.

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