AIADMK MLA announces Rs 50,000 to nab chain-snatchers

By PTI Published on Jul 18, 2018 04:53 PM IST

Chennai: An MLA of the ruling AIADMK has announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 to those who catch chain snatchers in his constituency, inviting strong criticism from social activists.

The MLA, representing Sulur constituency in Coimbatore district, R Kanagaraj, said he announced the reward in the wake of chain-snatching incidents in his Assembly segment.

National general secretary of PUCL, V Suresh, said, "It is an irresponsible statement which will only aid and encourage vigilantism."

Another activist said innocent migrant labourers may be targeted and would lead to people taking the law into their own hands.

Reacting to the criticism, Kanagaraj said the announcement has got absolutely nothing to do with taking the law into one's own hands.

"I announced the reward only to encourage young men to apprehend chain-snatchers and hand them over to police for appropriate legal action," the MLA told PTI.

His initiative was only to "help and support the police personnel", who are handling several tasks, he said.

"Chain-snatching happens in daylight and some help can be really useful in nabbing them," he said, justifying his announcement.

Kanagaraj said he also announced a reward of Rs 5,000 for those who could provide information about the culprits who had set on fire some uniforms and shoes in a school in his constituency.

"The school has seen a similar incident before. I request people only to provide information about suspects to help the police and I will provide a reward of Rs 5,000," he said, adding the identity of the informants will be kept a secret.