Chains and mobile snatching have become a grave public nuisance in cities and towns. Many victims are not only being robbed of their possessions but are also left inflicted with injuries.
Even P Meena, a resident of Esani Moorthi Koil in Thiruvottiyur would have been a victim of a roadside mugging, had it not been for her alertness and presence of mind.
The 24-year-old B.Sc. graduate had been walking back home from a birthday party on Sunday night when two men accosted her on their bike with the intention of snatching her smartphone.
Although Meena was engrossed in a conversation and did not notice the thieves, Dilli Babu and Babu, approaching, never in their mind did they consider that their unassuming victim would be able to thwart their theft attempt.
“34-year-old Babu lunged at the woman to snatch her handset and was taken aback when she caught him by the collar,” an investigating officer told Times of India.
Meena’s firm grip managed to upset Babu’s balance, and he fell on the road, while his accomplice immediately fled on the bike. In the meantime, she raised an alarm and was able to restrain Babu with the help of few passers-by, who beat him up before handing him over to the local police.
“Dilli Babu managed to vanish on the motorcycle, while Babu was on the ground, bleeding but only from superficial injuries. We took him to Stanley Medical College and Hospital for treatment and brought back to the police station for questioning,” the officer added.
Both the thieves have been repeated offenders, with Babu alone being involved in four cases of cellphone robbery. He was also drunk while he tried to mug the brave woman. The Thiruvottiyur police have arrested him following a complaint filed by Meena.