A couple of unknow individuals on a bike snatched Kollywood actor Gautham Karthik's mobile phone while he was cycling on T.T.K. Road, Chennai, early Wednesday morning, 2nd December, at around 5:10 am. In fact, this is the latest in a string of thefts by bikers in the city. The cases have suddenly gained prominence after it has happened to a celeb. According to police sources, two men approached Gautham on a bike while he was cycling, snatched his phone, and then sped away. Cyclists in Chennai have constantly been complaining to the police since several years about similar incidents, but nothing concrete has been done, till now. A senior police official has confirmed that they've nabbed a suspect involved in such cases earlier.
We get two to three complaints every month primarily from people who cycle through the T.T.K Road - Cathedral Road junction and near Citi Centre. We don’t get too many complaints from other parts of the city. They not only snatch the phone, but also push the cyclist down. We have already complained to the police,” said Akilesh Chalani, organiser, We are Chennai Cycling Group (WCCG). On the other hand Vrunda Maroo, who is a part of a neighbourhood running group in Alwarpet, added, “Now we ensure that we run in a group and I try to avoid these two stretches.”
Declaring that they've arrested someone in Gautham Karthik's case, a senior police officer stated, “We nabbed the accused involved in similar incidents near Gemini Flyover and R.K. Salai recently. To reduce such crimes, we will enhance visible policing and co-ordinate with the Greater Chennai Corporation to improve lighting. Besides, we request runners and cyclists to be wary while carrying phones and other valuables during workouts.”
Well, we hope that this menace comes to an end soon now that Gautham's case has brought it into the limelight.
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