Ghaziabad missing girl’s family maintains she was hypnotised

The 12-year-old girl who went missing from her Indirapuram home on February 13 has claimed that two women ‘hypnotised’ her and made her ‘unconscious’ during the train journey to Kangra in Himachal Pradesh where she was found the next day.

noida Updated: Feb 19, 2017 23:16 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The 12-year-old girl who went missing from her Indirapuram home on February 13 has claimed that two women ‘hypnotised’ her and made her ‘unconscious’ during the train journey to Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.(HT File)

The 12-year-old girl who went missing from her Indirapuram home on February 13 has claimed that two women ‘hypnotised’ her and made her ‘unconscious’ during the train journey to Kangra in Himachal Pradesh where she was found the next day.

Police said the girl, Archie Yadav’s, mother had called her up on the landline at 2.51pm and a CCTV camera near her house captured her running away at 2.54pm on February 13. She was found by the Kangra police on February 14.

After completing legal formalities, she returned to her house on Sunday where she claimed she was ‘hypnotised’ and will not be able to recognise the two women.

“One aunty had come while my mother had gone out. She looked into my eyes and I felt hypnotised. Seeing the keys on the table, she told me to open the main gate. She held my hand and brought me downstairs. I then gained consciousness and ran away. Then, another aunty met me and said she would take me home, but she made me smell something in her handkerchief...” she said.

Archie’s mother had locked their second floor flat from outside and had gone to pick up her other daughter nearby on February 13.

Archie claimed she and her captors changed two trains and she escaped after the second train journey.

However, the police have vehemently denied her claims. Superintendent of police (SP city) Salmantaj Patil on February 17 said she had run away as she failed to complete her school assignments.

He had said that before finally giving the Kangra police her parent’s contact number and telling them about her house at Ghaziabad, she had given various statements about herself.

First, she said her name was Tina Devi and she had run away from an orphanage in Haridwar. In another statement, she said she studied in Haridwar’s Father Agnel School. However, police found both these statements to be false, said Patil

In her third statement, she said she was hypnotised by two women, and in her fourth she said two courier boys took her from her house. When told that she was seen running away in CCTV footage taken near her home, she told the police that she had left hom as she could not complete her school assignments, Patil added.

However, after her return she said that she does not know what she told the police. She and her parents maintain she was hypnotised.

Her father, Subhash Yadav, said, “I will ask her about the two women after some time. I think she will not be able to recognise them properly. She told us that two trains were changed to Kangra, one had sleeper coach seats and the other had wooden seats. I think the latter was a toy train. She was unconscious for most of the train journey. She fled from one of the stations and reached a bus stand.”

When asked whether it was possible to hypnotise a person in three minutes, he said, “It takes just one minute to do so.”

However, the police have already said that the family is free to maintain any theory, but they will go by the evidence that comes forward during the investigation.

First Published: Feb 19, 2017 23:16 IST