Thiruvananthapuram: An alert traffic policeman nabbed a serial chain-snatcher in the city. Poojappura resident Sajeev (38), an accused in many such cases, was caught because of cop Biju Kumar’s timely intervention.
A bike-borne assailant had snatched an elderly woman’s three-sovereign chain in the guise of asking for directions. This was caught on a CCTV camera nearby. The description of the bike and criminal was then passed over the wireless phones from the police control room.
Biju, who was on duty in front of the Museum Station, received the message and swung into action. A bike with the registration number conveyed by the control room was spotted parked near Kanakakkunnu. Biju observed the vehicle for a while and stopped the rider once he approached it. The Museum Police soon arrested him.
Sajeev’s features matched the chain-snatcher's images from the CCTV. The shadow police confirmed it was indeed him, an accused in many other chain-snatching cases.
Biju Kumar was congratulated by the City Police Commissioner for his swift action. The civil police officer on traffic duty hails from Vandithadam, Thiruvalla.