Delhi: Snatchers shoot man for resisting robbery bid
A 50-year-old man was shot in Delhi's Connaught Place when he tried to stop two men from snatching his bag. However, his injury wasn't serious, police said. The incident happened around 10am, when there are few people in the area. Most shops open at 11am. The man's son is in jail, and cops are probing if there's any link to him.
The area was deserted when the crime happened
Tasveer Singh, Rohini resident, works at a money exchange bureau in CP. At 10am this morning, he was walking towards his office. A parking attendant who witness it said that as he reached A-Block, two masked men sitting under a tree suddenly attacked him and tried to snatch his backpack. There was a scuffle followed by a gunshot. The two men then fled.
413% increase in snatching cases in five years
Singh was injured in the back, but not severely, cops said. His bag didn't have any money either. Police are examining CCTV footage. According to Delhi Police, there's been a 413% increase in snatching cases in the last five years.
Snatchings have ended in broken fingers, stitches, even death
Snatchings sometimes result in violent injuries. Weeks ago, a Mumbai woman fell off a moving train, was hit by another and lost some fingers in a robbery bid. Sometime later, a Delhi woman had her earlobe torn off when a thief targeted her earrings. Last August, a Delhi woman was killed after she fell off a running autorickshaw when thieves pulled at her handbag.