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Korean student’s kidnappers are car thieves: cops

delhi Updated: Mar 03, 2010 01:13 IST
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The Gurgaon police that claimed to have arrested one of the three abductors of a 17-year-old South Korean girl — a student of Pathways World School — on February 25, have disclosed the criminals were petty carjackers.

They had intercepted the Hyundai Santro cab, in which the 17-year-old was travelling near her school, only to snatch the vehicle, the police said. The car has been recovered from Rajasthan’s Alwar district.

Under “police pressure”, the alleged abductors abandoned the girl in a village in Palwal, about 60 kms from her school, three hours after the “abduction”.

According to DCP (Crime) Anil Dhawan, one of the three abductors, Azaad Khursheed (22) — a resident of Nuh (Mewat) — was spotted at a dhaba (roadside eatery) in Tapukara village in Alwar on Monday. The Santro car was found parked at the same location.

During interrogation, Azaad disclosed he had teamed up with two of his accomplices Tahir Khan and Shaukat Khan — both from Tijara in Rajasthan — to snatch the car, the DCP said.

“Though there has been no record of Azaad implicated in car jacking cases so far, but the other two have been found to be involved in a couple of cases earlier. The trio snatched the car and sped away along with the driver and the girl,” the DCP added.

“They first dropped the driver near Nuh but went ahead along with the girl. They had also thought about claiming ransom and told the driver to arrange for Rs 1 lakh for her release.”

It was in Palwal that they decided to abandon the girl after witnessing several police barricades and also when a police Gypsy crossed them on one occasion, police said.

This scared them and they decided to leave the girl behind, chosing to speed away with the vehicle and sell it.

The communication gap could have worked in favour of the abducted girl, police said.

The abductors did not know how to speak in English. The girl only knew Korean and English, the police officials said.

The officials said the abductors probably preferred to drop the idea of abduction as they could have faced difficulty in negotiating for the ransom.