The Pune Deccan police on Monday began investigation into the alleged abduction of 20-year-old engineering student Nikhil Ghataghat, a day after he was rescued by fishermen from the Vashi creek in which he had allegedly been thrown into by his abductors.
Inspector Manohar Joshi, Deccan police, said, “We have recorded Ghataghat’s statement. We are trying to trace the autorickshaw that Ghataghat boarded and was eventually kidnapped in.” Joshi said, “The police are also checking if there were any CCTV cameras installed on the route that Ghataghat was taken on.”
Four men allegedly kidnapped Ghataghat, a third-year electronics and telecommunication student of Pune’s College of Engineering after he took an auto from the Shivaji Nagar bus stand on Friday. Ghataghat had arrived from his native place Latur and was heading towards Firodia hostel near Law College.
However, as Ghataghat claimed in his statement, a co-passenger placed a handkerchief soaked in chloroform to his nose after which he fell unconscious. The kidnappers, allegedly, then put Ghataghat into a car and took Rs. 61,000, his laptop and mobile phone.
Ghataghat claimed that on Saturday evening, the kidnappers suddenly stopped the vehicle at Vashi creek and threw him into the water. He claimed, however, that he managed to hold on to the bridge. Ghataghat shouted for help and some fishermen heard him and rescued him.
The case was initially registered at Vashi police station, but later shifted to Pune’s Deccan police station.