Robbed in Broad Daylight

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ROBBED OUTSIDE SUBANG HOUSE
SUBANG JAYA: An octogenarian fractured his spine after being robbed in  broad daylight by two motorcyclists in front of his house in USJ 2 here last week. A.Vadivelu, 82, who now cringes every time he hears the sound of motorcycles, said the drama unfolded at 5.45pm on Feb 13, the fourth day of Chinese New Year, when he decided to take his regular walk. Vadivelu, who is the deputy chairman of USJ 2 and USJ 6 Rukun Tetangga, said he had just stepped out of his compound when he noticed two men on a motorcycle circling around. He said the duo then stopped and held out a piece of paper on the pretext of asking for direction. "I approached them and at that juncture one of them reached out to my neck and grabbed my gold chain." Instead of yanking the chain away, the man twisted it around Vadivelu's neck, choking him in the process. The chain finally broke and Vadivelu was pushed to the ground by the pillion rider before the duo escaped. Vadivelu fell on his back. The impact caused him to fracture his spine and injure his elbow. "I laid on the ground for a while before I was able to pick myself up and walk back to my house to get help." He called for his wife who was in the house with their maid and they took him to University Malaya Medical Centre. An X-ray revealed a fracture of his spine. Vadivelu, who has to wear a neck brace for six weeks, said the pain was unbearable and he had to take painkillers. Subang Jaya state assemblyman Hannah Yeoh paid Vadivelu a visit yesterday and called on the police to step up patrols particularly in USJ 2 and USJ 6 as the two areas appeared to be a hot spot for crime. "This incident shows that crime does not discriminate. Even men have to be careful and alert." Subang Jaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Yahaya Ramli said police had yet to receive a report on the incident but he was aware of what had happened to Vadivelu. Yahaya is expected to meet Vadivelu soon...
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