Ghaziabad missing girl recovered, cops reject family’s claim that she was ‘hypnotised’
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Ghaziabad missing girl recovered, cops reject family’s claim that she was ‘hypnotised’

Ghaziabad police claim the girl had left home as she could not complete her school assignment

noida Updated: Feb 18, 2017 19:36 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Archie Yadav,Ghaziabad,Indirapuram
The 12-year-old had gone missing from Indirapuram on February 13.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)

Even as the police on Friday claimed that 12-year-old Archie Yadav had left home on her own after she could not complete her school assignment, her family maintained that the girl was taken away by two women who “hypnotised” her and took her to Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.

The girl was spotted by Kangra police on February 14, a day after she went missing from her house and was seen running away alone in the CCTV footage from a camera near her house. She has been reunited with her parents and is expected to arrive home in Indirapuram on Sunday.

“My daughter has told us that two women abducted her. One of the women came to house and called her to the door. I am myself confused about what to say... there have been a couple of incidents like this in our neighbourhood. They used a car to take the girl from Ghaziabad and then took a train. My daughter was unconscious during the entire period,” said Subhash Yadav, Archie’s father.

“She had been telling us different versions and don’t even know what she has said to different persons. As per the police claims about school assignment, a class 6 student has no physics or chemistry subjects. Her sister, in class 11, has such subjects,” he said.

Police on Friday has said girl’s school assignments were incomplete and her statements were also corroborated by the school teacher.

“I will not be able to say anything about the school assignments till I return to Ghaziabad,” her father said.

On the afternoon of February 13, the girl returned to her house from school and spent some time at her neighbour’s house before her mother took her to their flat. Thereafter, Archie was locked inside the flat while her mother went out fetch her other daughter from the nearby bus stop.

Around 2.51pm, her mother called Archie on the landline and asked her to have a banana. The police said the CCTV footage captured Archie running away alone around 2.54pm, barely 3-4 minutes after her mother called her.

After she was spotted by Kangra police, she told them her name was Teena Devi, an orphan who had run away from an orphanage in Haridwar. She had also said she ran away as she was harassed by two staff members of the orphanage. Her statements were checked by the police and found to be incorrect, the diary recording at the Kangra police station said.

In her second statement, she said she was a student of Father Agnel School in Haridwar and that too was found to be incorrect by the police.

“When further counselled, she said her house is in Ghaziabad and also gave the police her parents’ mobile numbers. When she was asked more, she said a woman had hypnotised her and she went with her. When told that no such woman was spotted in the CCTV footage, Archie said two courier boys had taken her and left her in Kangra,” Salmantaj Patil, officiating senior superintendent of police, had said on Friday.

“When Archie was told that she was spotted running alone in the CCTV footage, she finally told the cops that she was not able to complete her school assignment and was upset with this,” the SSP said.

However, despite the claims of “hypnotism” by her parents, the police maintained that the girl had gone on her own will.

“We have evidence of her running out alone and no other suspicious person was spotted in the vicinity. We will go as per the evidence. Her family is free to claim what they feel. The investigation is still on in the case and we are awaiting her return to Ghaziabad,” Patil said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2017 19:36 IST