The incident triggered panic in the area. A police officer said that the gang has now started snatching gold chains in Howrah after the police have intensified vigil in Kolkata.
On Sunday, around 7 pm three youth on a motorbike passed her when she was returning from the temple. Instead of snatching, they passed some sort of signal near her. Immediately, three more youth on another bike approached her from behind and one of them, who were sitting on the pillion, snatched the gold chain.
Police said the woman, Sushma Jaiswal, went to Shyam Temple at Ghusuri on Sunday morning like all other days.
The accused had fled before the woman could have understood anything. She cried for help, hearing which, local people rushed to the spot, but, by then the accused had already fled.
The woman later lodged a complaint with the Malipanchghora police station. A police officer said that they went to the spot immediately and collected footage of surveillance cameras installed in the area. The photographs of all the accused were quite clear in the footage. Thus the police expect that the accused would get arrested soon.
This is the first time in the area when a snatching took place in the morning. The modus operandi of snatching was quite often in the Southern part of Kolkata and youth from South 24 Parganas and Howrah were mainly involved in the racket that operates in there.
But now, it became a bit difficult for the racket to operate in Kolkata with the police intensifying the vigil. Thus, the senior officers of the Howrah police suspect that the members of the same gang were involved in Sunday’s crime.