Patna, June 23: A college-going girl was forced into a car at upscale Kankerbagh locality this morning when she was on way to coaching class, prompting her family to level allegations of kidnapping and raising questions about the law and order situation in the state capital.
The alleged abduction of the girl coincided with reports that a three-year-old boy had been kidnapped last evening in Muzaffarpur. Two men have been arrested for plotting the kidnapping of the child, who they wanted to sell to an affluent person in Motipur, a town in the district. The child is yet to be recovered though police are confident they will find him soon.
The brazen abduction of the girl proved futile policing exercise with a network of CCTV cameras even as the men in khaki termed it, prima facie, a case of “elopement”.
Around 10.30 am, 24-year-old Anshu Kumari alias Shammi Kumari was allegedly picked up in an Alto car by three youths while she was trying to catch an autorickshaw to go to her college from her house at Road No. 2, Indira Nagar.
“Anshu’s father, a contractor by profession, lodged an FIR with the local Kankerbagh police station. Preliminary investigations point out that she might have eloped with her lover, who has a criminal background, and had been recently released from Beur Central Jail,” senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said.
“The police have recovered the car, which belongs to one Gautam Kumar, a resident of the same area. Some clothes and the girl’s purse have been recovered from the car. A special police team has been formed which is making all attempts to recover her,” Maharaaj added.
“We have identified the mastermind as Dharmendra Kumar, a resident of the Jakkanpur area, who is a criminal. We have call record details of the girl showing that both of them had long conversations in the last one month. Also, few photographs have been recovered. It has been learnt that the girl’s parents had fixed her marriage with someone else. On June 4, the police arrested four contract killers, who had been given a sum of Rs 65,000 to kill one Chandan by Dharmendra, who was then lodged in the jail. The police had later found out that Dharmendra’s girlfriend was getting married to Chandan and he wanted to kill him fast. Both the incidents are co-related,” Maharaaj added.
Sources said Anshu was trying to sever all contacts with Dharmendra but he was putting pressure on her to get married. “Though things cannot be said for certain, it seems that she was forcibly picked up according to a plan. However, things can be clear only after the girl is recovered,” said another officer.
Maharaaj said some people had been taken into custody for interrogation. With the police stating that Anshu was getting married against her wishes, the sources said, she had severed all contacts with Dharmendra. He was sent to jail around seven months ago in connection with a loot case.
The incident comes just days after the police had recovered one-and-half-year-old Tahira, who had been kidnapped by the family driver from the Patliputra area.
On February 7, 14-year-old Shivam Khandelwal, the son of a city-based businessman, went missing as he started from his home on his car, which was being driven by the family driver.
The police however, with the help of the installed CCTV cameras and other digital technology like call details, were able to trace Shivam.
In Muzaffarpur, about 80km north of Patna, hundreds of residents of Jagdishpuri Lane and Church Road under Mithanpura police station went on the rampage this afternoon against the abduction of three-year-old Piyush Kumar, kidnapped last evening. Lakhindra Paswan (40), a painter by profession, lodged a named FIR last night accusing two neighbours Naresh and Garibnath.
“The police have arrested the duo who have confessed to have kidnapped the boy and then selling him off to an affluent person, a resident of Motipur, 28km from Muzaffarpur district headquarters. Naresh said the man, who is being identified, was childless and had paid the duo a hefty sum to get a child for him and his family. The police are making all attempts to recover the boy and a team has been sent to Motipur,” superintendent of police (city) A.K. Singh said.