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Cabbie ‘kidnaps’ examinee

A Class XII student of a CBSE school in south Calcutta was allegedly kidnapped and robbed by a taxi driver ferrying her from home near Chatterjee International to her examination centre off Minto Park on Wednesday morning.

The girl was spotted crying at Rabindranagar, on the southern fringe, 16km from the city centre, three hours later.

She was abducted an hour before her exam and allegedly dumped by the taxi driver and his helper on a road at Rabindranagar after snatching her wallet.

Passers-by took her to Rabindranagar police station in South 24-Parganas.

By the time the girl’s family reached the police station and she was rushed to the school, the examination was over.

According to examination rules, the answer-scripts are distributed at 10am, the question paper at 10.15am and a student must finish his or her task between 10.30am and 1.30pm.

“Though her mother had come to the school to say that her daughter has been driven to a different place instead of the examination centre, we had little choice because the student was still at the police station. She could not make it to the examination centre on time. The mother waited in our school till 1.05pm and left,” an examination official said.

Her mother was spotted in front of the centre superintendent’s office at the examination centre, crying.

An official of the girl’s school said the woman was asked about her daughter’s whereabouts after the physics examination ended at 1.30pm. She had to be marked “absent” because she was still at the police station.

“We have started a case based on the girl’s statement. We are yet to verify the allegations,” said an officer at Shakespeare Sarani police station.

The girl told the police that she left home around 9.15am and got into a taxi for Minto Park, barely a kilometre from her home on Chowringhee Road.

“She said instead of taking the straight route, the driver took a U-turn citing a traffic jam. He allegedly drove through roads that she could not identify. A while later, the driver and the helper assaulted her and snatched her wallet. She was dumped on a road that she has never been to,” said an officer.

The girl apparently “walked for an hour” after being dumped in an unfamiliar area. “She didn’t know where she was heading and which way to go. She then started crying and people rushed to her rescue,” a police source said.

“Residents of the area brought the girl to the police station around 12.30pm. She said the taxi she hired had taken a different route and she was robbed. We contacted her parents and handed her to them,” said an officer of Rabindranagar police station.

Officers of Calcutta police said they have found CCTV footage showing the girl crossing the road a few metres off Chatterjee International.

“We are going through the footage to identify the taxi. She is traumatised and is unable to tell the exact place from where the taxi took the U-turn. That would have helped us zero in on the crossing and scan surveillance footage,” said an officer.

Police said the girl had not been able to explain why she had not shouted for help or tried to alert policemen on the roads the taxi had taken during the 16km trip.