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B’day treat for braveheart as fear stalks homes
- Chocolates & chopsticks

The morning after, Satyiki Chakraborty bore just one scar from Monday’s abduction-and-escape ordeal — the six-year-old wondered how she would go back to class without her schoolbag.

“Have they thrown my bag away?” asked the Class I braveheart who had managed to save herself from the kidnap bid by her pool car driver, almost in tears when she overheard mother Mithu telling her aunt that her abductors had dumped the schoolbag in “the canal”.

Clutching on to Dora — the doll named after Dora the Explorer on Nickelodeon, her favourite toon channel — Satyiki recalled seeing her identity card being put into her schoolbag while “Bunty uncle” — Bunty Singh or Biren Singh Rathore — drove the pool car and then put her on a rickshaw.

“I do not know the rickshaw driver (Kartik). He took me to a room (atop Falguni Market in FB Block of Salt Lake), put a cloth in my mouth and fixed it (with adhesive tape) and tied my hands with the rope. After he went away I freed my hands, went to the window and shouted, ‘Amake niye jao (Take me away),” said the little girl.

Her cries drew some men who rescued her and handed Kartik over to the cops, following which Bunty too was arrested. Bunty and Kartik were produced in a Salt Lake court on Tuesday and remanded in police custody for six days.

Sleuths said Bunty had hatched the plot after he realised that Satyiki’s parents were not home in the afternoon when he would drop her at AJ 299 in Salt Lake.

“We feel that a gang could be at work to abduct kids in this manner. But they were outsmarted by little Satyiki,” said the official.

What about Satyiki’s schoolbag? “We have retrieved her bag, water bottle and ID card from the Kestopur canal and submitted these to the court,” said the sleuth.

So it could be a while before the schoolbag returns to Satyiki’s room with a teddy bear cupboard, soft toys and paintings. That is where she woke up at 8.30am on Tuesday. “I could not go to school as I was sleeping,” smiled Satyiki, who was visited by, among others, the Loreto House principal, Sister Molly.

“I was afraid,” she admitted just once, as doting parents Sourav and Mithu looked on. “Both of us spent the entire night just watching her sleep. I have taken the day off to be with her and gift her anything she wishes. It’ll be like her second birthday in two months (Satyiki turned six on March 11),” said Sourav, a professor in zoology at Hooghly Mohsin College in Chinsurah.

Amid the shower of praise and chocolates, what caught Satyiki’s fancy was a gift from her father: a blue tiffin box with a spoon and two chopsticks.

Dora could soon have to explore a chopstick meal.

BIRTHDAY: March 11

FAVE FOOD: Chicken Envelope (Kookie Jar)

FAVE CHANNEL: Nick

FAVE SUBJECT: English

FAN OF: Sourav Ganguly (more because he shares her father’s name!)

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