A 13-year-old school student in Vasai (west) was threatened with a knife by a group of eight youngsters, who then tried to kidnap her, the police said. Three suspects, including two minors, have been held so far in connection with the case.
Not all of the eight youngsters have been identified yet, but they are believed to be in their late teens and early 20s. The two minor boys have been sent to the Children’s Remand Home in Bhiwandi, while the other accused was produced in Vasai court on Wednesday, said assistant police inspector Rekha Londhe from Manickpur police station. “We are in search of the other five accused.”
The incident took place around 9.30am on Monday when the Class 8 student was on her way to school, the police said.
A resident of Vasai (east), the girl was dropped her KT Multivision Theatre in Vasai (west) by her uncle on his motorbike. From there, she started walking to her school in Navpada. A little along the way, eight youngsters on four motorbikes approached her, the girl has said in her police complaint . “She said six of the youngsters live in her locality in Vasai (east), but two were complete strangers,” said Londhe. “One of the youngsters pulled out a knife and said he would kill her if she raised an alarm, while another grabbed hold of her and started dragging her away from the road when she refused to go.”
The others six surrounded her, forcing her to walk along.
As the girl started crying, two unidentified passers-by heard her and shouted out at the boys, asking them what they were doing, Londhe said. “At that point, the boys left her, jumped on their bikes and sped away.”
The girl rushed back home and told her parents about the incident, and they, along with other locals, approached the police.
In her complaint, the girl and her parents have mentioned that some of the boys from their locality had been stalking her, because of which either her parents or her uncle would accompany hert to and fro school, or else, she would go with other children from her school.
On Monday, her classmate had left early, so her uncle decided to drop her. However, some urgent work came up, and he had dropped her a little distance from school.
“ We have registered a case under section 363 (kidnapping) and section 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as section 18 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).