Three unmarried boys in their twenties were arrested within an hour of abducting a Class 7 girl student from outside a government school near here on Wednesday afternoon. The local police later restored the girl to her parents. The accused allegedly abducted the 13-year-old girl belonging to Dhindsa village near here with an intention to rape her at a secluded place, the police said.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, SP Rajinder Singh said that as soon as the girl came out of the government secondary school, Dhadde-Beer Bansian village, during the recess period, the three accused immediately whisked away her in their car (PB36 D 5115).
Some students informed the school principal, who immediately called the police. "We received the phone call at 12.50 pm and five police teams including the one led by SHO Sarabjeet Singh Rai immediately swung into action in Goraya, Phillaur and Nurmahal areas. All exit points were sealed," Singh said.
Rai said that due to the police action, the accused identified as Arundeep Singh (18), Manpreet Singh (19) and Sukhpreet Singh (21) of Jajjan Kalan village, were forced to drop the girl from their vehicle at Rurkan Kalan village. The police recovered the visibly shaken girl, consoled her and took her safely to the police station.
Meanwhile, another police party chased the accused and nabbed the accused near Jandiala village. "The prompt response to principal's phone call led us to save the girl's life and arrest the accused as well," Singh said.
"The accused had hired the car from one of their friends Satnam Singh of Dhani village to take the girl at a secluded place. Timely police action saved her," Singh said.
A case under Sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 A procreation of minor girl) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC has been registered, while the arrested persons would be produced in court on Thursday.
Sources said that the girl had never complained to her parents about alleged advances of the accused in the past.