Abducted Noida-based fashion designer Shipra Malik was found on Friday near Gurgaon’s Sultanpur village but mystery lingered over her disappearance four days ago on her way to central Delhi’s Chandni Chowk.
Gurgaon Police said they received a call from the headman of Sultanpur village, Rakesh Kumar, who told authorities a woman approached them saying she was abducted from Delhi by four men who dropped her near a bus stand around 1:50am pm Friday.
She walked to the village and narrated her story to the villagers, police added.
“A police team from Farukhnagar rushed to the spot with a team of four cops including a lady constable,” said a police official.
“The woman was in bad state and wanted to speak to her husband; she borrowed a mobile phone from a villager and called her husband. Within an hour, her husband reached the village.”
Malik told police the abductors let her go as they feared being caught by police and dropped her off on Jhajjar road near the village in panic and threatened her to not disclose their identity.
Malik said she was kept at different locations for three days and the abductors used a Mahindra Scorpio SUV to get around, police said.
“Our team informed Uttar Pradesh police and the victim was handed over to them,” said assistant commissioner of police (DLF) Ramesh Pal.
But many expressed doubts over the manner of her release and Laxmi Singh, deputy inspector general (DIG), Meerut Range, said she was changing her statements frequently
Malik went missing under mysterious circumstances on February 29 after she left her Sector 37 residence in Noida at about 1 pm. Her husband had spotted her car lying abandoned near the Sector 29 crossing.
“The girl is safe. She is changing statements frequently. We will brief about the development in detail once we record her statement,” said Laxmi Singh, deputy inspector general (DIG), Meerut Range.
She said Malik’s brother Shivang, who was in constant touch with her over the phone before she was abducted, was also being questioned.