A 20-year-old college student was allegedly kidnapped in Pune and thrown into the Vashi creek on Saturday evening. The youth was rescued by local fishermen. The youth said the kidnappers even took Rs60,000 from him.
Nikhil Ghataghat had left his house in Latur on Saturday morning. He told the police that after reaching Shivajinagar bus stand in Pune he took an autorickshaw for his hostel. He claims a co-passenger suddenly threatened him with a knife and placed a handkerchief on his nose after which he does not remember much.
When he came to his senses, he found himself in a private vehicle with three or four people. He said the vehicle was suddenly stopped and he was thrown into the Vashi creek.
Nikhil, however, managed to hold on to the Vashi bridge. He shouted for help and some Vashi fishermen who were fishing in the creek heard him.
Nilesh Patil, who led the rescue, said, “I was fishing in the area in my boat when I heard a shout for help and saw Nikhil hanging from the bridge. As we moved towards him, he lost his grip and fell into the water. We managed to get him into our boat. We then informed the police.”
Raosaheb Sardesai, senior inspector, Vashi police station, said, “The fishermen informed us around 7.45pm and we took Nikhil to Navi Mumbai Municipal Hospital in Vashi.”
Sardesai said, “Nikhil is a final year student of Electronics and Telecommunications at COEP College in Pune. Nikhil’s parents reached Vashi on Sunday morning and took their son away. Nikhil refused to speak to the media or answer questions about why the kidnappers brought him all the way to Vashi from Pune.