A fortnight since 24-year-old Swapnali Lad seriously injured herself after jumping out of a speeding autorickhsaw in Thane fearing kidnap, the police has come no where close to locating the vehicle’s fugitive driver. Lad, an employee at TCS in Thane was returning to her Kolshet home on August 1 when the incident occurred.
The police is now speaking to individuals owning and renting out multiple autorickshaws in the city.
The police however, is dependent upon Lad gaining consciousness and giving them her own account of the events.
“Lad must have been in the autorickshaw for scarcely 30 seconds before jumping out. It seems that when the driver drove straight past Kapurbawdi Naka, instead of turning left for Kolshet, she panicked, and jumped out. We are not sure what scared her in those few seconds and prompted her to jump out,” said S. S. Kadam, senior inspector, Kapurbawdi police station.
“We have begun questioning individuals who own several autorickshaws and rent them out on a daily basis. In two weeks, we have questioned more than 400 drivers,” Kadam added.