Puja with her parents in Giridih on Tuesday. Telegraph picture
Hazaribagh, Sept. 24: A blade meant for sharpening pencils saved a little girl from being trafficked.
Ten-year-old Puja Kumari, who managed to cut open the jute bag in which she had been bundled into by her abductors, escaped from their clutches near Giridih station today.
According to Puja, she was kidnapped from Argaghat Mohalla. “Around 9.30am, when I was on my way to school, someone put a handkerchief on my nose from behind. I don’t know what happened after that. All I remember is that there were two men who had attacked me,” the girl told police.
When she regained her senses, she found herself bound and gagged inside a jute bag. Puja admitted she was terrified.
However, she did not lose her composure. Somehow, she had to save herself. Then she remembered that a she was carrying a blade in her pencil box inside her schoolbag. Puja then managed to untie her hands, open her school bag, take out the blade from the pencil box and cut open the jute bag.
Puja, a resident of Rajputmohalla in Giridih Town, is a student of Bangla School. Town police station OC Ravindra Singh said she told them that after setting herself free, she hid behind a bush near the station.
Luckily, her abductors were not around. “The girl immediately raised an alarm. Her cries alerted local residents who rushed to her help and informed us,” Singh added.
The police reunited Puja with her parents after recording her statement. But the parents, too shocked at the turn of events but eventually relieved that their daughter was safe, were in no position to talk to mediapersons.
According to the OC, Puja’s parents told police that neither had they received a ransom call nor did they have any enmity with anyone.
“Circumstantial evidence therefore hint at a trafficking angle only,” Singh concluded.