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Noida designer wasn’t abducted, left home after family fight: Cops

Noida-based designer Shipra Malik, whose disappearance four days ago puzzled family members and led to a city-wide search, had actually left home on her own accord following a family dispute, DIG Laxmi Singh of Meerut range said on Friday afternoon.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2016 12:11 IST
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The 29-year-old Shipra Malik had gone missing on Monday around 1pm on her way to Chandni Chowk to buy some raw material for her boutique. (Photo: Shipra’s Facebook page)

Shipra Kataria Malik, a fashion designer who went missing early this week, was not abducted but had left her home following a dispute with her family over a financial crisis, police said on Friday.

Inspired by a television crime show, Malik planned her escape and spent three days at an ashram at Jaipur road. However, she returned after watching a news report about her alleged abduction.

On Friday morning, Malik contacted her husband from Sultanpur village, claiming she was kidnapped and that her abductors had let her off near the village for fear of being caught. However, through giving her statement, police picked on inconsistencies and Malik eventually confessed the truth.

“Shipra’s husband Chetan’s business was not going good and her boutique was also not running well. Chetan had invested a huge amount of money in the business of Shipra’s father Satish Kataria but did not get any return. They had maintained a high profile lifestyle which was not being met. She had left home after continuous pressure of earning money and maintaining balance between in-laws and parents,” said Laxmi Singh, deputy inspector general (DIG), Meerut Range.

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Stressed about the soured relations between her parents and in-laws, Malik was seeking a way out when she saw a TV show depicting a woman in a similar predicament who staged an abduction to get away.

Police are also investigating Malik’s brother Shivang and Mumbai-based friend Sunny Sharma for inconsistencies in their statements. However, an FIR has not been filed in the case as no criminal intent has been established.

Malik runs a boutique in Noida and is married to a local builder, who filed a missing complaint with the police after her disappearance on Monday at about 1 pm. Malik’s husband spotted her car lying abandoned near the Sector 29 crossing.

The designer claimed she was kidnapped in a Mahindra Scorpio in Noida, and that her phone was taken while her hands and mouth were bound. She also said she was kept at different locations for the three days, with her hands and legs tied. However, a medical examination found no relevant injury marks, police said.

Malik confessed that she parked her car near her residence and boarded a bus from Noida to Dhaula Kuan, from where she headed to Rajasthan. “On her way to Dhaula Kuan, she decided to call the police to tell them that she is leaving on her own, but disconnected fearing police action,” Singh said. The call was received at the Delhi police control room in Lajpat Nagar which led to speculations of Malik being abducted.

First Published: Mar 04, 2016 13:31 IST