2 chain-snatchers nabbed after dramatic 3-km chase

In a dramatic chase sequence straight out of a Bollywood flick, the Hadapsar police caught two youths who were fleeing after snatching a gold chain from a woman constable walking as a decoy as part of an early morning operation on Monday.

Two officers were attacked by the chain snatchers after they were caught but the police managed to arrest them.

The incident took place around 6 am when two teams from Hadapsar police, each comprising plainclothes police personnel, including a woman constable who posed as a decoy for snatchers, were deployed in the area around Indraprastha Society. Around 6 am, two persons came on a bike without a number plate and snatched the chain from constable Sujata Kunjir. As she raised an alarm, constable Sameer Shaikh, who was standing nearby, started chasing the duo as the two suspects tried to flee.

Meanwhile, Shaikh alerted sub-inspectors Bhushan Pawar and Prasad Lonare who were standing nearby.

The two, along with senior inspector Raghunath Jadhav and constable Satish Saykar, joined the chase.

Pawar and Lonare went after the two on their bike and intercepted them near Sadhana School after a 3-km chase. As the two bikes collided, all four occupants fell down and one of the suspects then attacked Pawar on his leg with a knife. The two policemen, however, managed to nab the suspects with the help of some passersby. The two were later identified as Onkar Shiva Rathod (20) and his brother Ishwar (18). Pawar sustained a deep injury on his right leg and is currently under observation. Lonare received an injury on his hand.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) Manoj Patil said, "The chase went on for over 20 minutes. The two have confessed to their involvement in several cases of chain snatching in the past. Their father too is a criminal in police records. The two have said they have done chain snatching in Hadapsar and some places in Pune rural jurisdiction."

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