Singaporean dragged by motorcycle snatch thieves in Bangkok

Singaporean dragged by motorcycle snatch thieves in Bangkok

One moment she was taking photographs of the famous Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand.

The next, Mrs Puran Kaur, 52, was being dragged along the road by a pair of snatch thieves on a motorcycle.

The pillion rider had grabbed her husband's mobile phone, which she had been using to take the photos, as well as her sling bag.

"My first instinct was to hang on to my bag," said Mrs Kaur, who co-owns Singapore nightclub Moshi Moshi Bollywood with her 53-year-old husband, Mr Ricky Sapuran.

"I looked up and all I saw was the rear wheel of the motorcycle and the exhaust pipe."

The couple were on the last day of a four-day holiday in Bangkok when the incident happened last Thursday.

Mrs Kaur said she saw the snatch thieves riding their motorbike along the pavement towards her before they struck.

She said it felt like she was dragged for about 100m from the pavement and onto the road while face down and clinging to her bag.

She eventually let go because her face was very close to the bike's rear wheel and exhaust pipe.

When she did, the sudden break in momentum caused the motorcycle to lurch forward, resulting in the rider losing control.

The bike then crashed into the pillar of a nearby flyover.

As the thieves tried to pick themselves up from the crash, Mrs Kaur and her husband ran after the pair.

Seeing the couple approach, the pillion rider got up and walked towards them with his hands in his pockets.

Mrs Kaur said: "This made me think that he might have a gun in his pocket and I warned my husband to back off."

As they did, the pillion rider also turned and ran back to his partner, who was frantically trying to kick-start the motorcycle.

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