Pune, Nov 25 : Another day, and another onion snatching incident in the city. A 7th such incident in the last 3 days, rocked the city, already shook by more than 40 such incidents in the past week. In 2 separate incidents, a handcart onion seller and a tokri-wali-bai were attacked yesterday in Kothrud and Sinhagad Road areas respectively. Investigations into that had barely began when a fresh incident, the 7th this week, was reported from the Senapati Bapat Road area today. Whats more surprising is that, the suspected people involved in the robberies seem to come from different cross sections of the society and do not have a common modus-operandi.
In the first incident, two men on a motorcycle picked up a handful of onions, as they sped by Shankar Bhau's handcart. " Sandhyakali 5 wajta me kothrud madhye majhi gadi gheun jat astana doghe barke magun ali jorat aNi kande paLavlit" (At 5 pm in the evening, I was in selling the onions in Kothrud when two thin rogues came from behind and grabbed the onions and fled), he said. He lost around half a kg of onions...worth his 20-day income.
Kusumbai, who sits near near the Santosh Hall signal on Sinhagad road had a different experience. According to her a man and a woman, got down from their car and while the woman diverted her attention by trying to get a bargain, the man ran away with one of her 2 baskets. The woman followed him and the couple managed to flee in their car. "Considering that the signal always has heavy traffic, the risk involved in the robbery must have been extremely high, but that is the level of risk these 'thieves' are willing to take", said investigating officer P.K.Sawant from the Abhiruchi Police Chowki.
Today's incident, that took place near the upmarket Symbiosis College area was completely different. A couple of young men, who seemed to be in their teens, robbed a vegetable vendor of a k.g of onions at knife point. What's more interesting is that they appeared to be from well-to-do families. Unconfirmed reports say that the two might have been students of one of the colleges in the locality, staying in a rented flat nearby.
Police have requested the citizens to be more aware while carrying home their market purchase. The 'Bhaji Mandai Sangh' has requested for more police protection near popular vegetable markets. The Mahatma Phule Market, popularly known as the 'Mandai' has tight police cover throughout the day.
The Onion...even before it is sliced... is literally making people cry !!!