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CCTV scan for ‘kidnap’ cab

The taxi whose driver allegedly tried to abduct a CBSE Class XII examinee near Park Street on Wednesday is yet to be tracked down.

Officers of Shakespeare Sarani police station said they were scanning images captured by CCTV cameras installed at crossings to zero in on the taxi. “From CCTV footage, we have found that the girl did board a taxi. But the footage is not very clear. The taxi number is not visible either,” said an officer investigating the case.

The Class XII student, a resident of a high-rise building on JL Nehru Road, had hired the taxi from in front of Chatterjee International to go to her examination centre near Minto Park, but the taxi driver took a detour to avoid traffic jam and drove her to a place she could not identify.

The girl alleged that the driver and the helper beat her up and snatched her belongings before dumping her at an unidentified location from where she walked for around an hour before passersby spotted her crying and took her to Rabindranagar police station on the southern fringe. She, however, failed to explain why she did not shout for help.

“Had the victim been able to specify the roads through which the taxi took her, it would have helped us. But she said she was not sure about the turnings or the roads the taxi had driven through,” said an officer.

Sources in the detective department said that if the CCTV footage failed to zero in on the taxi, a sketch of the driver would be drawn based on the description provided by the girl.

“Her examinations are still on. She is already traumatised. We do not want to disturb her any further. But if need be, we will prepare sketches of the accused driver and the helper based on her description,” an officer said.