Thiruvananthapuram/Kollam, Mar 20 : Three of a four-member gang were arrested in connection with abduction of a 14-year-old nomad girl of a Rajasthan family from Oachira near Karunagappally in Kollam district.
But still the whereabouts of the abducted Rajasthani girl and one of the cuprits are unknown. Though two were arrested earlier, one more arrest was made on Wednesday night, police sources said. Police arrested Vipin and Ananthu,earlier while Pyari, who is wanted in another sexual assault case, was arrested today. However, Mohammed Roshan, another in the gang is yet to be traced, police said.
SI of Oachira station B Sabu said the tracing of culprits has become difficult after the accused switched off the mobile when they realised the police were on their trail. They might have gone to Bengaluru, said a police officer involved in the probe. The kidnappers abandoned the car used for the crime at Kayamkulam. A police team went to Ernakulam based on the mobile tower location of one of the accused. But the gang gave them the slip.
The four-member gang kidnapped a 14-year-old daughter of a nomadic couple from Rajasthan at Oachira on Monday night. The gang consisting of local youths came in a car. They barged into the family’s shanty on the roadside and abducted the girl after inflicting injuries on them and abducted the girl.
Keeping police in a tight spot, the girl’s father came up with the allegation the Oachira police did not intervene when the girl was subjected to sexual harassment in the past. Instead of booking the culprits, the police advised the family to dress up the girls like boys to avoid further trouble, he alleged.
The police refuted the allegation and said the girl eloped with the main accused a year ago and was made to return due to the intervention of the police. The family has been living in Oachira for the past two years, selling plaster-of-Paris figurines on the side of National Highway-66.
Meanwhile, Kerala Women’s Commission has taken a suo-motu case on the issue. Kerala State Human Rights Commission took suo motu case on the issue and directed the district police chief to submit a report on police action so far. Commission member K Mohankumar said there were complaints that police did not follow up the case when the family complained before. The commission will consider the case in its sitting on April 25.UNI