A timely phone call and prompt police action may have saved a 16-year-old schoolgirl from an abduction bid.
The Class IX school was allegedly pulled inside a Maruti van outside her school in Yamuna Vihar of northeast Delhi on Monday afternoon.
After driving in the city for about four hours, the alleged kidnappers reportedly threw the victim from the moving vehicle near a village at Kingsway Camp, about 10 kilometres away, when they found heavy police presence and barricading across.
The incident was reported around 1.10 pm when the victim was coming out of her school building along with her younger sister, police said.
"Three people, including two wearing burqas, pulled up in a Maruti van near the girl. They dragged her inside the vehicle and drove away," said SS Yadav, DCP (northeast).
The schoolgirl's sister informed the father—a handicrafts dealer—who made a call to the police control room.
Police swung into action and five teams were immediately formed to track the girl.
"A high alert was sounded and we put up check posts and barricaded several roads in the city," said the officer.
Police said the alleged kidnappers sensed trouble and kept on driving in the city for about four hours.
"Around 5.15 pm when they approached a village near Kingsway camp in northwest Delhi, they saw a check post 50 metres ahead. They pushed the girl from the vehicle and fled the scene," said the officer.
Police said some people at Birpur village saw the girl weeping on the road and took her to the village pradhan. The pradhan called the police and it was established that she was the same girl who had been kidnapped a few hours ago, police said.
Police said the victim was so traumatized after the incident that she has not been able to tell the identity of the kidnappers yet.
"She is extremely jolted after the incident. We are counseling her and yet to record her statement. There are no apparent injury marks on her body," said the officer.
Police were ascertaining the motive behind the crime—whether it was kidnapping for ransom or some one known was involved.