Priya Singh at Mahila Thana in Ranchi on Thursday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
A 35-year-old woman from Bihar, who was abducted by unknown men while waiting for an auto at Manpur in Gaya district on Wednesday, landed in Ranchi on Thursday after escaping from the clutches of her captors.
Priya Singh, an anganwadi supervisor and mother of a five-year-old daughter, reached Birsa Munda Bus Stand at 7am in a private bus that she had boarded somewhere between Gaya and Ranchi around 11pm on Wednesday.
After alighting at the bus stand, she rushed to the nearby police outpost and informed them about her plight. With the help of policemen at the outpost, she called up her brother at Aurangabad in Bihar.
The policemen then took her to Lower Bazar police station from where she was shifted to Mahila Thana, where she will stay till the arrival of her family members.
“The woman’s husband had registered a missing case at Mufassil police station in Gaya yesterday (Wednesday) after she failed to return home. Her family members in Bihar have been informed that she has been found in Ranchi,” said superintendent of police (city) Manoj Ratan.
The officers at Mahila Thana did not allow anyone to meet her barring some of her distant relatives staying in Ranchi. Abhishek Kumar, one of the relatives who is also the local state in-charge of BJP’s sports cell, said Priya was really terrified.
“We were really shocked to hear about her abduction. She told us that she was trembling when she reached Mahila thana. Priya has a five-year-old daughter. Her husband, Amit Kumar, is a computer teacher at Gaya College, while her father-in-law R.B. Singh is a noted physician,” Kumar said.
Asked about the circumstances leading to the alleged kidnap, Kumar said he came to know that Priya was waiting for an auto-rickshaw near Maanpur block office to return to her Kalibari home around 3pm when someone put a cloth on her face from behind.
“The cloth appeared to have contained a sedative as she immediately lost consciousness. When she came to her senses, she found herself in an SUV that was parked on the roadside, while her abductors were having dinner at a dhaba. She seized the opportunity, escaped from the vehicle and caught a bus headed to Ranchi,” Kumar added.
Officer-in-charge of Mahila Thana Helan Soy said they were not in a position to reveal more till the woman’s family members come to take her.