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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Dubai resident chases down purse snatcher

Municipality worker comes to aid of tourist couple

Hamdi Bhansi, who works as a Senior Public Health Inspection Officer at Dubai Municipality, chased down a thief and returned a stolen handbag to a tourist. Courtesy Dubai Municipality
Hamdi Bhansi, who works as a Senior Public Health Inspection Officer at Dubai Municipality, chased down a thief and returned a stolen handbag to a tourist. Courtesy Dubai Municipality

A Dubai Municipality officer chased down thieves who had robbed two tourists and retrieved their stolen belongings.

When Hamdi Bhansi, a senior public health inspection officer, saw thieves yank the handbag from a European woman, he ran after the men, managed to nab one offender and returned the bag to the visitor and her husband.

The thief was later arrested by Dubai Police.

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The Municipality said it was proud of the spirit of one of its own.

“This courage and dignity should be taken as an example and a model for all. This attitude shows the extent of peaceful coexistence and the spirit of social responsibility in the hearts of all members of the society in the country,” said Dawood Al Hajiri, director general of the municipality while awarding Mr Bhansi a certificate in recognition of his efforts.

Mr Bhansi has said he would never hesitate to help people in distress.