Saturday, September 14, 2013

Snatcher stabs woman on Marine Drive

The spot on Marine Drive where the victim was attacked around 5.45 in the morning

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: A spurt in crimes in the bustling Marine Drive area has rendered even this showpiece stretch of the city increasingly unsafe. On Friday, a 32-year-old morning walker was stabbed on both her forearms by an unidentified man when she thwarted his attempt to snatch her mobile phone near the Air India building junction. 

    The attacker fled on a waiting bike with an accomplice when the victim, Tardeo resident Meher Jaan Mohammed
Lamberaj, raised an alarm .   The incident comes two weeks after additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani’s cell phone was snatched while he was on evening walk on Marine Drive.

 Police to use CCTV footage to trace Marine Drive accused

    Tardeo resident Meher Jaan Mohammed Lamberaj, who was attacked in a failed mobile phone theft attempt, was subsequently rushed to Bombay Hospital. She has been kept under observation for 24 hours.  The Marine Drive police have registered a case of hurt and attempted robbery. “Lamberaj left her residence around 4.15am. She sometimes comes here for her morning walk. The incident took place around 5.45am,” said an officer.
 “She was listening to music on earphones during her morning walk on Marine Drive when one of the two accused tried to snatch her phone,” the officer added.
    “Hearing her screams, several walkers ran to help her. This frightened the thief who fled on the waiting bike. She was attacked with a blade-like sharp object but she resisted till the attacker fled,” said Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police, south region.
    A morning walker said even Marine Drive—the iconic stretch visited by thousands every day—has become an unsafe place today. “It’s the police’s duty to increase patrol teams and keep a tab on anti-social elements. If we are not safe on Marine Drive, where should we go for walks? How come criminals have become so daring that they are attacking people anywhere in the city? It shows poor policing and unplanned law and order in the city.”
    A police officer said, “We have got CCTV camera footage of the incident and the accused. Now, we have to identify them since it was dark. It may take some time to get a clear picture of the accused.”     Banker Rakesh Paul, who helped Lamberaj, said, “We were on our walk when heard someone shout out ‘chor chor’ and saw a bleeding woman lying on the footpath and a man fleeing. I, with the help of several others, rushed her to Bombay Hospital and informed the police and her family.” 

    Lamberaj was admitted to Bombay Hospital at 6.30am. “She is stable,” said Dr Sagar Sakle, spokeperson of the hospital. “She has suffered stab wounds on her forearms but they are not very deep. We have kept her under observation for 24 hours, after which she can go home.”

Do not wear jewellery or carry money and expensive gadgets
Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t let your earphones cut out all outside sound
Some criminal elements may have noticed your daily routine and may
be lurking around to strike
If you have a fixed routine, befriend other walkers so that you are not perceived as alone
If you notice any suspicious activity, alert others immediately and then the police
(Inputs by Pratibha Masand)
HER RESCUERS Several fellow walkers rushed to help Lamberaj

THE VICTIM Meher Jaan Mohammed Lamberaj
(32) works as a manager with a private firm. She is married to a jeweller 

5.45am | Meher Jaan Lamberaj reached Air India junction on Marine Drive during her morning walk

A man approached her and tried to snatch her mobile phone worth 6,000. When she resisted, he attacked her on her forearms with a blade-like object. She raised an alarm

Other walkers heard the scream ‘chor, chor’ and rushed to help a bleeding Lamberaj who, by now, had fallen on the footpath. The attacker fled on a waiting bike with his accomplice

Her rescuers took her to Bombay Hospital, where she has been kept under observation. There are no arrests so far

The Times of India, September 14, 2013

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