Bike-borne assailants arrested for robbing PM Narendra Modi’s niece


New Delhi: One of the bike-borne assailants who were involved in robbing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s niece in Delhi has been arrested on Sunday.

Damayanti Ben Modi’s purse containing cash of Rs 50,000 and two mobile phones were wrenched from her grasp by two persons when she was alighting from an auto-rickshaw on Saturday in New Delhi. The incident happened soon after Damayanti Ben reached Delhi from Amritsar in the morning.

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Based on a complaint by Damayanti Ben Modi, daughter of the prime minister’s brother Prahlad Modi, police registered a case and later identified the two snatchers.

Two persons on a scooter snatched the woman’s purse containing Rs 50,000, two mobile phones, some documents and other valuables around 7 am when she got down at the Gujrati Samaj Bhawan in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area, a senior police officer said.

The incident occurred a few kilometres away from the residence of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

She informed police and on her statement, the case under section 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person) and 379 (punishment for theft) was registered at Civil Lines police station, they said.

Police said that after examining the CCTV footage of nearby areas they identified the two accused persons and claimed that they will be arrested soon.

“I came to Delhi and reached Gujarati Samaj Bhavan on Saturday morning. I was scheduled to take a flight for Gujarat in the evening. I was getting off the auto-rickshaw when the snatchers targeted me,” the woman said.

In the past couple of months, several incidents of snatching have taken reported in the national capital.

On September 22, a woman journalist was injured after she attempted to resist a snatching bid in south Delhi’s CR park while she was returning home in an auto-rickshaw.

Two men on motorcycle snatched her mobile phone and in the struggle, she fell from the vehicle while the men fled the spot.

A few days later, another woman journalist fell victim when her mobile phone was snatched by two bike-borne men in southeast Delhi’s Okhla.