An 18-year-old boy and a woman were arrested for kidnapping two minor girls here on Wednesday night.
The accused were identified as Rahul, son of a priest, and resident of Phase 9, Industrial Area here, while the woman was identified as Shabnam Khatoona, 25.
The victims, who had gone missing since around 15 days, were also found by the police.
The police said both the girls belonged to different families, but went missing on the same day. The local court sent the victims to Nari Niketan till June 29, while their statements are yet to be recorded. The accused have been sent to police remand till June 29.
Investigation officer Narinder Singh said the police arrested the accused from Phase 8 when they were taking the victims to the SAS Nagar bus stand to move out of the city. Although, Shabnam fled away, but was caught again later on Thursday morning.
It was learned during investigation that both the accused were working together for the past two months, the police said. It also came to fore that Shabnam was the key accused and directed Rahul to bring the girls with a motive of pushing them into prostitution. Rahul was a friend of both the victims, who stayed in the same neighbourhood in SAS Nagar. He abducted them by making false promises, police said.
The investigating officer added that an inquiry was on and the police was trying to find out how long the duo had been into the business, and if other girls had been abducted “The police are examining Shabnam’s criminal history,” Singh said.
A case has been registered against the duo after the complaint of one of the victim’s father under section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage), 363 (kidnapping) and 120b (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.