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Girl escapes traffickers

- 11-year-old runs to cop

Behrampore, May 22: An 11-year-old Murshidabad girl drugged and kidnapped by alleged traffickers regained consciousness two days later to find herself in a car in Calcutta, spotted a cop on the road and escaped to him after telling her captors she had to answer the nature’s call.

The Class V student was brought back to her home today, but her abductors could not be caught as they fled on being chased by the policeman.

The girl was on her way to her uncle’s home on May 17 when four youths approached her near her school and forcefully pushed her into a vehicle.

“I saw a van (Maruti Omni) standing near my school. Four persons got down and forcibly put me in the car. I don’t remember anything after that,” she said today.

A police officer said she was apparently drugged and fell asleep. After two days, she regained consciousness but did not know she had been taken to Calcutta, he added.

“When the girl woke up, she found herself in a car. She did not know where she was because she had never been to Calcutta. She realised she was kidnapped but did not know the captors,” the officer said.

When she spotted the policeman standing by the roadside, she told the youths she wanted to relieve herself.

“They stopped the car and asked me to get down and return quickly. They said they would soon take me back home. I got down and rushed to the policeman. I told him that the men in the car had kidnapped me and I didn’t know where they were taking me,” she said.

The officer said the policeman from Entally police station chased the car, but the captors sped away.

The girl gave her details at the police station. She was given food and then transferred to a home for destitutes in Nonadanga where she stayed for two days.

A police team, accompanied by the girl’s father, came to Entally police station and took the girl back.

The officer said the youths could have kidnapped the girl to sell her away. “The way she was kidnapped, we think the girl had fallen victim to traffickers.”