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Woman saved from abductors

Police rescued a 30-year-old deaf and mute woman from her abductors on Beadon Street on Sunday night.

The woman was allegedly abducted around 8pm while she was walking along Maniktala Main Road.

“She works as a domestic help in the Kankurgachhi area. At the Maniktala Main Road-Bagmari Road crossing, a Sumo stopped near her and a man in the rear seat dragged her inside,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner of police (crime).

The vehicle used to transport cash to ATMs. It had metal nets fitted to its windscreen and windows.

“The duo thought no one would be able to see what was going on inside the car because of the metal nets,” he said.

The vehicle was intercepted at the crossing of Beadon Street and Jatindra Mohan Avenue.

“Burtolla police was conducting a routine check,” said an officer. “When the Sumo was passing the intersection we saw the woman waving her hands,” said an officer who was present at the spot.

“We quickly opened the door and found a man trying to overpower her. She was dragged out,” he said.

“The driver tried to speed away but hit a guard railing and one of our vehicles blocked its way,” said the officer. The person in the rear seat — Uttam Bakuli, 48, — is the car owner while the other person, 40-year-old Bapi Das, is his driver, the police said.

“It seems the accused had planned to take the woman to somewhere in north Calcutta and rape her,” said an officer in Lalbazar headquarters.

Police have recorded the victim’s statement with the help of an interpreter.

Das and Bakuli were produced in Sealdah court on Monday and sent to police custody for 14 days.