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Abhishek returns to Patna; says he was tied to track

ABHISHEK CHANDAN, the teenaged boy who was abducted from Patna and was found near the Bhopal railway station on March 9, left for his hometown along with his family.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 13:10 IST

ABHISHEK CHANDAN, the teenaged boy who was abducted from Patna and was found near the Bhopal railway station on March 9, left for his hometown along with his family.

The family left for Ujjain on Tuesday evening. After ‘darshan’ at the Mahakal Temple on Wednesday, they would leave for Patna. Earlier, the Government Railway Police (GRP) recorded the statement of Abhishek who once again appeared terrorised when asked about the events.

According to Superintendent of Railway Police (SRP) Renu Shukla, Abhishek told police that his neck was tied with a wire that was attached to the track near the railway station.

Sometime later a man came to the spot, untied the knot and took him away to the yard. It is not known whether the man who freed him was related to abductors or unrelated.

In his statement, Abhishek said that he was abducted from Patna and thrown into a white car. The abductors bundled him down and kept their feet on him.

He was administered a liquid apart from injections. Once when he woke up he found that the car was in the midst of jungle and two persons were talking on cell phone. The next time he regained consciousness Abhishek heard then say that it will take them one and half hour to reach Habibganj.

SRP Renu Shukla said that though the statement has been recorded, it is insufficient and the police would later go to Patna to record his full statement.

Even today when asked about the events, Abhishek appeared to drift back into semi-consciousness and looked terrorised. His parents, sister and another relative who came from Patna took him back. A student of XII in Don Bosco School, he went missing on March 8. His father KK Chaudhary is a sub-inspector.


Did the family pay ransom?
ANOTHER RELATIVE of Abhishek, who came from Patna, said that it was the third such incident by the same gang in Patna. But when the police asked him if the family had any idea about the name of the gang involved, the person expressed his ignorance. The police suspect that Abhishek’s family knew the gang that committed the abduction.

Also, the possibility that ransom was paid could not be ruled out, as abductors may have thrown Abhishek near the station after the amount was paid. The police suspect that the gang had at least one local member and a team would go to Patna to probe the activities of the gang and its links.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 13:10 IST