What was initially perceived to be a botched kidnap bid turned to be nothing more than a dramatic, if grave, misunderstanding. The Kashimira police, investigating Tuesday's bid to 'abduct' two minor girls, came to this startling conclusion on Thursday.
On Tuesday evening, two minor girls who were returning home on their bicycle, escaped what was thought to be a brazen kidnap attempt made by a bunch of men in an SUV. The girls raised an alarm and were 'rescued' by locals, who thrashed the men.
However, during the course of the investigation, the Kashimira police found out that the four men had no intention of kidnapping the girls. The men were out on a joyride when they decided to get off the Scorpio car in which they were travelling to buy cigarettes near RNA complex in Kashimira.
The two men who were sitting in the rear of the car opened the door of the vehicle without noticing the two girls who were riding a bicycle. They opened the door of the car, which hit the cycle bringing the two girls down. Realising what had happened, the two men got out and tried to help them on their feet. Mistaking them to be abductors, the girls raised an alarm. While the two men who tried to help were thrashed, the other two sitting in the car realised that locals would not heed to reason and chose to escape.
“The men had no intention of kidnapping the two girls. They all come from decent families but were at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Anil Patil, police inspector of Kashimira police station.
The two men who were arrested on Tuesday Manoj Kumar Verma, 40, and Praveen Mohanlal Sharma, 25, were released on bail on Wednesday. The other two were also taken into custody on Thursday and will be produced in the court on Friday. “It is a case of sheer misunderstanding,” Patil added.