Two schoolgirls, who were about to be kidnapped by four men on a busy road in north Mumbai’s Kashimira area on Tuesday night, raised an alarm and managed a lucky escape.
Hearing their shouts, local residents rushed to their help, nabbed two of the kidnappers, and handed them over to the police. The motive for the kidnap attempt is still not clear.
The incident took place around 8.30pm, according to the police, when the two girls, sisters aged 10 and 8, were returning from tuition class on a bicycle. They were on their way home to Vijay Park area of Kashimira, when a Scorpio vehicle with four men inside suddenly stopped in front of their bicycle near RNA Complex.
Two men got off the vehicle and tried to abduct the sisters.
“The girls shouted for help and this alerted the locals, who quickly nabbed the two men,” said Anil Patil, police inspector from Kashimira police station. “The other two, seated in the Scorpio, sped away before they could be nabbed. We have got the registration number of the vehicle,” he said, “and have launched a manhunt for them.”
The two who have been held are Manoj Kumar Verma, 40, and Praveen Mohanlal Sharma, 25. Both run small transport businesses, said the police, and though the accused and the victims stay in the same locality, they’re not known to each other.
“So far the motive behind the kidnapping attempt is not clear. We are waiting for the arrest of the other accused involved and once they are nabbed, we will find out why the gang was planning to kidnap the two girls,” said Rajesh Kumar Mor, superintendent of police, Thane rural.