The crime branch on Thursday caught a 24-year-old marketing executive who had faked her own kidnapping to escape getting engaged to someone who was not her choice.
The police said that the wife of a Bandra hotelier had on Wednesday lodged a complaint saying she had received a text message from her daughter, Sushma Rai (name changed to protect her identity),saying: “I have been kidnapped from Borivli. The kidnappers have assaulted me badly and I am bleeding profusely. Please don’t inform the police, or else they will kill me.”
The Bandra unit of the crime branch, which began investigations, didn’t find that convincing, and sent a couple of its men to the girl’s locality posing as television cable men.
From their enquiries with the locals, the two policemen learned that Rai had returned from the UK after completing management studies about a year ago.
There, she reportedly got into a relationship with a 25-year-old Indian businessman.
After returning to Mumbai, she joined the marketing team in a hotel at Goregaon, which she left to join another hotel at Vile Parle.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said the police had learned that her boyfriend had also been seen in the area a few days before the girl’s disappearance.
Further probing revealed her boyfriend is a native of Udaipur in Rajasthan.
A police team was sent there. Sources said Rai somehow found out the police was trailing her, so she returned home on Thursday.
During police questioning, she told them her lover had asked her for Rs 5,000. She also told them that she had gone to his Udaipur home to ask why he needed it.
“Her entire kidnap drama turned out to be fake,” Maria added.
The police believe she had faked her kidnapping to escape getting engaged to a man chosen by her parents.
The engagement was set for November 1.