Brazen necklace robberies shock Indian city

Two separate incidents of necklace robberies have shocked the South Indian city of Chennai.

In the first, a 50-year-old woman, Menaka, was targeted on February 11.

Menaka was on her way to a wedding when two thieves on a motorbike struck. The pillion rider tried to pull her thick gold chain, which held firm.

Shocking CCTV footage shows the thieves dragging Menaka behind their bike in an attempt to get the chain.

Menaka said: “They dragged me for over 100 metres. No-one came to my help even though I shouted.”

She lost consciousness and was taken to hospital with injuries to her hands, legs and neck.

In the second incident, an elderly couple Ashok Kumar and Jeyashri came under attack.

The couple were walking on a deserted road on February 11 when a man approached them from behind and snatched Jeyashri’s chain.

She lost her balance and fell down as she tried to hold on to the chain.

Ashok Kumar tried to chase the culprit, who managed to run to his accomplice, who was on a bike and ready to get away.

In both the cases the thieves managed to snatch the gold chains and get away. Police said they have picked up vital clues from the CCTV footage and are working to catch them.

Necklace robberies are common in India, a country which is known for its love of gold. But these two incidents have shaken up Chennai with their sheer audacity.