Haryana Police have nabbed two chain snatchers from Panchkula who were involved in about 64 snatching cases in Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh (UP), Delhi and Chennai.

While stating this on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Panchkula, Kamal Deep Goyal said that the accused identified as Ashok Kumar, 35, and Rajiv Kohli alias Raju, both residents of Shamli district in UP, were arrested by a team of the Crime Branch, Sector-26 from Majri Chowk, Panchkula following a tip-off.

On preliminary interrogation, it has come to light that they are involved in several cases of gold chain snatching. Both confessed to having snatched about 20 chains from Delhi, Haryana and UP during the last five-six months.

It was also revealed that both have been living a luxurious life with the money obtained in this manner. As many as 27 cases of snatching were registered against Ashok in Delhi, 9 in Chandigarh, one each in Panchkula and UP, 10 in Gurugram and 7 in Mohali. Similarly, Rajiv was involved in 6 incidents of snatching in Delhi and 3 in Chennai.

The DCP said the crime branch got secret inputs from informers that two miscreants, involved in a snatching incident in Sector-27, were going towards Uttar Pradesh via Panchkula in Duster vehicle bearing UP registration number. Acting swiftly, the Police team immediately swung into action and arrested both from Majri chowk.

Police have recovered a bike and gold chains snatched from near a petrol pump in Sector 27 Panchkula, Gangoh and Saharanpur. “With their arrest, crime branch will be able to solve more cases of snatching in the town as well as other places. Both were taken on police remand and interrogation is on to gather more details,” added the DCP.