The teenaged daughter of CPI(M) MLA from Manjeshwar C K Kunhambu who was dragged out of a bus along with her acquaintance while they were travelling to Mangalore, today said the abductors "slapped" her and no fellow travellers came to her rescue.
Addressing media here, Shruti, a plus two student of St Aloysius College in Mangalore, said she boarded a private bus from Kasargode to Mangalore at 1615 hours last evening. As her friend and brother of her classmate, Habeeb, entered the bus from a nearby point, she casually asked him where he was proceeding to. Later, he sat in a separate seat.
As the bus reached Pumpwell circle near Mangalore, a gang of five persons, entered the bus and dragged both of them out of the bus. Her plea for resistance went into deaf ears as the bus conductor and fellow passengers stood mute spectators.
"No one came to my rescue. The bus conductor and the fellow passengers did not resist the move by the activists, who told us that they were taking us to the police station," she said.
"Soon, we were taken in an autorikshaw to an undisclosed destination. As they began beating Habeeb apparently for talking to me inside the bus, I pleaded them not to harass him. Then they slapped me," she said.
Shruti added, "later they dropped me back at the Pumpwell circle. I went to our family friend's house, which was nearby and my father reached the place after I informed about the incident."
Kunhambu told PTI that he would not force his daughter to stay back in her college hostel in Mangalore.
The Karnataka police had reportedly arrested two persons and about eight were taken into custody in connection with the incident, he said.
Condemning the incident, the pro-CPI(M) Janathipathya Mahila association in Kannur, urged Karnataka government to take steps to prevent such incidents.
The kidnapping of the girl, who is the daughter of the association's state member K P Sumati, "is highly atrocious and an insult to a society based on human values and decent friendship," association State Secretary K K Shylaja, MLA said.
The association would organise protest march and meetings in all district centres in the state to condemn the incident, "which tends to foster communal hatred," she said.
The BJP government in Karnataka should be prepared to rein in the activists of Sri Ram Sena, whom she accused of acting behind yesterday's incident.