Saturday, December 21, 2013

Girl escapes from kidnapper on busy SoBo road



UNSAFE MUMBAI


Mateen Hafeez TNN


Mumbai: The presence of mind of a 10-year-old school girl saved her from getting kidnapped after she jumped out of a running van at a busy Mohammed Ali Road in south Mumbai on Friday morning.
  
  The police arrested the 38-year-old van driver within six hours of the crime on charges of kidnapping and outraging the modesty of a woman.  The police traced the vehicle within an hour, abandoned in Chembur.
 
    Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region) said, “The girl, who studies at a school in Mazgaon, left home at 7am. She goes to school by a van, which stops next to her building. While waiting for it, a red Omni stopped by. The driver told her that he would drop her as the school van was in the garage. The girl sat in the front seat, but when she asked about her friends, the driver said they would be picked up too and tried to abuse her. She spotted her school van coming from behind.”
   
 He said the driver, instead of taking a right turn to the school, took a left. “She opened the door and jumped onto the road. She fell with her school bag and fractured her left hand and hip joint,” he added.  Soon after she jumped off, the driver fled towards Wadi Bunder, and took the Eastern Freeway.
 
   Hearing the girl’s cries, many onlookers tried to help. A man in his early 40s, who was returning to his car after dropping off his daughter to school, saw the girl jump off and chased the van, but it sped off. He, however, informed the police.
 
    The Dongri police, where a first information report (FIR) was registered, flashed wireless messages across the city. By 8.10am, the RCF police found it abandoned near Chembur.   The Dongri police sent the vehicle’s photo through a mobile phone application to the girl’s relatives. Once the girl identified the van, it was taken to the police station. The police found a visiting card inside, and when they called the number on it, it turned out to be the owner, Subera
Gafoor Shaikh, a resident of Noor Baug in Dongri.
 
    Shaikh said the van was with her driver, Raju Khan. “We then took Shaikh’s help to arrest Khan. She called him over,” said inspector Hemant Bhaudhankar.   Khan, who will be produced in court on Saturday, is from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, is married, and has two children. Khan, partially paralyzed in his right hand, stays in Govandi, and has been working for Shaikh for four months.
    “The girl is very brave and she is a real hero who applied her mind at the right time. We will recommend her name for a bravery award,” a police officer said on Friday. 

    Imam Qazi, the girls’ uncle, said, “Her bravery saved her. We want maximum punishment for the kidnapper so that nobody dares repeat this with any child.”   The police said that the accused has also been booked under Section 10 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act. 
 
Auto driver held for molestation
Kalyan:
An autorickshaw driver, Mukhtiyar Shaikh (47) was arrested for molesting a 10-year-old school girl here on Friday while dropping her home.
    The police picked him up after the victim’s parents had filed a complaint with the Bazarpeth police station here.
— Pradeep Gupta
 

VAN DRIVER HELD HOW THE 6-HR DRAMA UNFOLDED

    The girl leaves her Dongri residence to take a school van at 7am
    She waits alone, two buildings away from her house
    An Omni stops by and the driver tells her to enter, claiming the regular vehicle had gone to the garage for repairs
    The driver allegedly tries to abuse her when
she enters
    But the girl opens the door and jumps out of the moving vehicle
    People chase the kidnapper but he flees, taking the Eastern Freeway
    The car is found abandoned near RCF
    The police nab the accused in Dongri, when he goes to his employer’s house

 

THE VAN & ITS OWNER

The Omni belongs to Subera Gafoor Shaikh from Noor Baug in Dongri. The police said the accused is her driver, Raju Khan
 

    A BRIGHT STUDENT

The 10-year-old is a class V student with an English-medium school in Mazgaon. An ‘A’ grader, she has been described as one of the brightest students at school. She speaks English, Urdu and Arabic. Her father is a developer
 

    PASSERBY ALERTS POLICE

A man returning to his car after dropping off his daughter at school saw the girl jumping from the van. He chased the van till Wadi Bunder before it took a turn to the Eastern Freeway. He called up the control room and gave the police the kidnapper’s vehicle registration number


The Times of India, December 21, 2013

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