Crime branch tracks down ‘abducted’ girl

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Crime branch tracks down abducted girlAHMEDABAD: A city crime branch team tracked down Maya Shah (name changed), 17, the resident of a society near Vijay Crossroads, whose close friend had reported her as abducted on March 18. The girl and the accused, Naresh Solanki, 27, were found near Ankur crossroads on Friday on the basis of human and technical intelligence.

According to crime branch officials, Maya, a student of Girls’ Polytechnic near Gujarat University, went to her institute for the annual exam on March 18. When she didn’t return after the exam at 1.30 pm, her parents first went to the institute. There they learned that she hadn’t taken the exam at all. The parents then registered a missing person’s complaint with GU police station. However, after allegations by the parents that local police didn’t do anything to find the girl, the city police commissioner handed investigations to city crime branch on March 27.

M D Chaudhari, assistant commissioner of police (crime), told mediapersons on Friday that the girl was been found near Ankur crossroads along with Solanki, a resident of Keshavnagar near Subhash Bridge.

“The girl and the youth were sent for medical examinations. During our primary investigation, we learned that the girl used to hang out with a classmate. Through that girl and her boyfriend, the victim came in contact with Solanki who allegedly promised to marry her and incited her to elope. The girl confessed to having stolen Rs 7.5 lakh that her father had kept at home for business purposes on March 17,” he said.

Sources said that the girl was under peer pressure to get a boyfriend and when she met Solanki through common friends, he quickly became part of their larger group. The duo first went to Vadodara and then started their journey along the entire western coast to Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and then to Chennai over a period of 14 days, before returning to the city.

“The duo always spent the days at a city and travelled in the night out of fear that they would be tracked on the basis of their identity cards if a search for girl had begun. They also always preferred sleeper buses over trains. Over the course of their travel, they spent Rs 2.5 lakh of the cash they had,” said a source.

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