Nearly 24 hours after Dipti Sarna was abducted in an auto near the Hindon river, the Ghaziabad police have got two clues that point to the fact that the three-wheeler took a wrong turn and sped towards Raj Nagar Extension Road and further towards adjacent Morti village.
Sarna boarded an auto from the Vaishali Metro station around 8pm for Ghaziabad city bus stand. She is believed to have been abducted around 8:30pm.
Around the time Sarna went missing from near the Hindon river, some auto drivers saw a woman near the Meerut crossing, barely a kilometre from the spot.
“She was crying and told the auto drivers that she was travelling in a three-wheeler but three men in the vehicle pointed a knife at her and asked her to get down. She said there was another woman (suspected to be Sarna) in the auto and the three-wheeler sped towards Raj Nagar Extension with her. One of these drivers has been identified as Hamid. He informed the police about the incident,” said Salman Taj, superintendent of police (SP) at Ghaziabad.
According to the auto drivers, the unidentified woman then asked her family to pick her up from the spot. The police are yet to trace the woman.
In yet another clue related to the incident, the police have found a vendor in Morti village who claimed to have seen an auto with curtains, around the time Sarna went missing. The spot is nearly 7km away from the Hindon river.
“After the vendor’s statement, the police checked the area and some auto tyre marks were found there. We searched the entire adjoining areas but could not find her. We suspect that the there were criminals inside the auto,” the SP said.
“We have rounded up dozens of auto drivers who drove on the stretch last night. Those ferrying passengers from metro station are also being questioned. The drivers who did not turn up for work on Thursday are being traced. We have also sought the electronic surveillance report of all the mobile phones that were operational in the area on the night of the incident,” a police officer said.
The police have searched all slum areas at Nand Gram, Vembay Housing Scheme near Hindon, construction sites at Raj Nagar Extension, jungle areas near Morti and the Hindon.