Jyoshna Kadam, 30, and her colleague were walking towards the bus stop on Saki Vihar road near Chandivli junction on Tuesday evening, when three unidentified men shoved Kadam into a red Tavera and drove off.
Her colleague, Saroj, told the Powai police that the men had tried to kidnap her too, but she put up a fight and managed to escape.
In her statement to the police, Saroj said: “We were walking along an isolated stretch near Picnic hotel, when a man standing near a red Tavera suddenly grabbed Kadam and pushed her into the car’s backseat, while another man seated inside pulled her in. They tried to push me too in the car, but I raised an alarm. There was another man who was driving the car.”
Saroj managed to find a police constable, who sent a message to all police stations in the area to look out for the car.
“We suspect a family matter behind the kidnapping and are close to tracking the accused,” said senior police inspector Ashok Jadhav of the Powai police station.
The police have made this assumption because last week a man claiming to be Kadam’s stepbrother had made enquiries about her at her Saki Vihar office. But the fact that they tried to kidnap Saroj too, has baffled the police.
“Last Wednesday, a man claiming to be Kadam’s stepbrother had approached Vitthal Shinde, the watchman of the building where her office is located. The man told Shinde that her stepmother wanted to meet her once,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“Shinde gave the man his mobile phone number and later told Kadam about his encounter. She, in turn, informed her husband about the man.”
Kadam lives in Chembur with her husband Nimesh, a manager at a private firm.
On Tuesday, at 7.45pm, the man called Shinde and asked when would Kadam leave for home.
“Shinde, who assumed that he was related to Kadam, told him that she had just left the building. Shinde later identified the man whose image was captured on the closed-circuit television camera installed outside the office building,” added the officer.
Using the mobile number that the man had given Shinde, the police have managed to track down the Tavera to Katta district in Malwan region.