A 17-year-old Korean student of Pathways World School was kidnapped and later released by three armed goons on Thursday.
Police said the student, who lives with other Korean girls in a rented accommodation with a woman guardian, was abducted from outside the school located in the Aravali Hills.
The girl was returning from school when some unidentified men, in their 20s, intercepted the car she was in and abducted both the driver and the girl, police said.
Gurgaon Police Commissioner S.S. Deswal said the kidnappers later dumped the driver near Mewat after telling him to tell the girl's guardian to give Rs 1 lakh ransom.
“But they abandoned the girl under duress in Mindkola village in Palwal, about three hours after abducting her and ran away with the cab and the mobile phone of the girl,” Deswal added.
He said all the entry and exit routes in Gurgaon, Mewat, Faridabad and Palwal were barricaded. Police said they are investigating the role of the cab driver, who has not been given a clean chit yet.
This is the third kidnapping of a student in Gurgaon in this month alone. Today’s victim student stayed in Sector 14 and took a shared Santro cab to her school every day.
“The same cab would pick and drop the girls on a daily basis. Today the school was closed but she had to go to prepare a project. The usual driver picked her up from her house at 9 this morning but a different driver was there to pick her in the afternoon,” the police commissioner said.
Shalender Singh, the owner of the travel agency that supplied the cab, said he had replaced Dharam Bir with Karan, the usual driver, after a request by the girl’s local guardian for reasons not known to him.
The commissioner said the accused men took control of the cab at gunpoint and sped towards Sohna.
“Around 4 p.m. they dumped the driver at Sohna-Nuh road and told him to give their ransom demand to her guardians. But he somehow managed to called the PCR and we alerted the police of all neighbouring districts,” he said.
Deswal said around 5.45 p.m., the kidnappers abandoned
the girl in Mindkola village in Palwal, from where the villager brought her to the local police station.