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Auto driver held for kidnap bid

An autorickshaw driver was arrested on BT Road on Thursday night for allegedly trying to abduct a 27-year-old homemaker travelling alone in his three-wheeler.

Pampa Baitalik said in her complaint that she had boarded Milan Ghosh’s auto at the Sinthee crossing on her way home to Bonhooghly around 10pm.

There were three other passengers in the auto, all of whom got off at the Tobin Road stop.

The complainant said she panicked and jumped off the three-wheeler when Milan, alias Gora, refused to stop at Bonhooghly and kept driving towards Dunlop.

“It seemed the autorickshaw driver was abducting me,” said Pampa, whose husband works in a gold jewellery manufacturing unit.

After the homemaker fell on the road, the left rear wheel of the auto went over her right arm. She was taken to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, from where she was discharged after treatment.

Soon after she jumped off the vehicle, people standing along the road started chasing the autorickshaw and intercepted it near the Dunlop crossing.

Milan was handed over to officers of Baranagar police station. “We arrested him on charges of attempted abduction and causing grievous hurt,” said C. Sudhakar, deputy commissioner, Barrackpore commissionerate.

“The auto driver has claimed that he did not hear the complainant asking him to stop. According to him, the woman was speaking on her mobile phone and since he did not know where she would get off, he was heading towards Kamarhati,” said an officer of Baranagar police station.

Milan was produced in the Barrackpore additional chief judicial magistrate’s court on Friday and granted bail.