"Police got a tip-off and apprehended the accused women"
Two women were detained last Thursday for allegedly robbing a senior citizen of Rs 50,000 (£518.62) in south Delhi.
The accused have been identified as Renu, 36, and Jyoti, 34, both residents of Rajgarh district in Madhya Pradesh.
The police said a 62-year-old man was robbed after he had withdrawn Rs 50,000 (£518.62) from a bank in the Tigri area on October 14.
He realised that the money had been stolen from his bag after he had visited a nearby dispensary.
He quickly realised that he had been followed by the two women from the bank and alerted the police.
During the investigation, police checked the CCTV footage and noticed two women near the complainant with suspicious movements.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said:
“On Thursday, police got a tip-off and apprehended the accused women from near NBCC Plaza, Khokha Market, Pushp Vihar, at 8.35 am.”
Police managed to only recover Rs 20,000 (£207.62) from their possession.
A third accomplice, named as Kali, was able to escape leaving for her native village with her share of the unrecovered loot.
This is yet another case in a string of recent robberies. Cases of snatching have seen a slight increase in Delhi this year compared to last year.
A total of 3,935 cases of snatching has been registered in Delhi between January and July this year alone.
Delhi remains the country’s crime hotspot. Statistics showed Delhi had the highest crime rate this year among all the states of India.
The crime statistics of the Delhi Police reports that 995 cases of robbery were registered between January to 31 July this year, compared to 1,278 in the same period last year.
As of 2019, statistics showed Delhi had the highest crime rate (incidence of crime per 100,000 population) among all states of India at 1586.1, rising steeply from 1342.5 the previous year.
Delhi has witnessed a drop in the crime rate amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The decline has been attributed to more people choosing to stay indoors according to the Sunday Guardian Live.
The latest data from the Delhi Police show that petty crimes like robbery, theft and burglary sharply dropped over 30% till 31 July 2020 compared to the same period last year.
More than 1,600 cases of house thefts were reported during the same period and more than 101,000 cases of other thefts were reported in the national capital during the same period last year.