KUNAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata: The retired professor could not believe that two minors would run away by snatching his wallet while begging in broad daylight. This incident took place near a private nursing home on AJC Bose Road, Kolkata. The professor’s daughter-in-law lodged a police complaint. During investigation, the name of the Banjara gang came up in the incident. Police said that they are becoming more and more active in the incidents of snatching in the name of begging with young boys and girls in Kolkata.
The wife of retired professor Dipendranath Mukherjee, a resident of Salt Lake, is sick. He arrived at a private hospital on AJC Bose Road on Saturday morning for treatment of his wife. He was accompanied by his daughter-in-law Mahua Chakraborty. Mahua got out of the car and went inside with his mother-in-law. On the other hand, Dipendranath was paying the cab driver. Just then two young boys and girls came to him and begged. A hospital worker told the boy and the girl to leave the premise.
It is learned that even though they were repeatedly asked to leave, they kept begging and pleaded. After a while, they suddenly ran out of the hospital and disappeared in the crowd. Soon he realised what had happened. While paying the doctor’s fee, he saw that his wallet was not in his pocket.
Without wasting any time, Mahua went to Shakespeare Sarani police station with a hospital staff and lodged a complaint. The police are trying to identify the two by looking at the CCTV footage of the hospital and questioned the shopkeepers in the area. The elderly complained that someone was harassing him for money. The other grabbed his leg. That’s when they snatched his wallet and ran away.
It is learned that not only Dipendranath but also another woman was robbed of her purse in the area on Saturday. Some children came to her in the name of begging. Then they ran away with her wallet in the same manner.
A senior police officer said that these kind of activities start happening just before the pujas every year. “The Banjara gang is involved in such incidents. They mostly use children who perform such petty crimes for money. They use the children for snatching so that no one will suspect them. These activities mostly happen in crowded stations or hospitals. Some members of the Banjara gang have already been arrested in Kolkata. We are trying to find out the identity of the rest of the gang members by interrogating them,” the officer said.