Ghaziabad: The probe into the abduction of an executive of e-commerce company Snapdeal veered towards the involvement of people who knew the 24-year-old woman, even as police investigated “strange events” narrated by the victim in a case that has left many baffled.
The victim, Dipti Sarna, returned home on Friday morning and said four men who had abducted her 36 hours earlier released her and left her at a suburban railway station.
She had gone missing after she was allegedly whisked away from an autorickshaw in Ghaziabad when she was returning from work on Wednesday evening, sparking a massive search by police across two states.
Ghaziabad senior superintendent of police Dharmendra Singh said he sought details about educational institutions and other companies Dipti worked for. He questioned Dipti at her house for over an hour on Saturday afternoon.
“I can say there is someone behind this who knows her. She has told (us) that she does not know the people involved. But we suspect that the mastermind could be some known person,” Singh said.
The SSP said the involvement of professional criminals was remote. He said Dipti revealed more facts but nothing was established.
Investigators said they were unclear about the motive.
Dipti had told the police that she was driven in an i10 car and made to walk long distances, kept in a sugarcane field the next day before the abductors decided to leave her at a suburban railway station near Narela.
“There are a lot of strange things like abductors leaving her at a railway station and also making her walk 30-40km. These are being verified,” the SSP added.
The police said it was strange that the driver of the second auto got involved with the three other abductors.
She also told police that the abductors told her they knew the chips brand she liked.
The family had said on Friday that the four men treated her well after the initial assault in the auto and put her on a Delhi-bound train, handing her a `100 note.