The Kapurbawdi police have prepared sketches of three men, who are suspected to be connected to an alleged kidnapping bid on a young woman from Thane last week. The victim, who is employed with the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), jumped out of a speeding autorickshaw to escape the abduction bid, and is currently being treated for injuries at Thane’s Jupiter Hospital.
According to the Kapurbawdi police, the incident occurred at 9.15 pm on August 1, when Swapnali Lad, 24, was returning home from work. The police said that she had hired an autorickshaw to her Kolshet residence, but the driver allegedly turned towards Bhiwandi when he approached the Kapurbawdi Naka. Lad then raised an alarm and when the driver did not stop, jumped out of the moving vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital by a local woman, the cop’s only witness. The fall left her badly injured and she has not yet gained consciousness after undergoing two surgeries, the police said.
While the lone witness did not notice the face of the autorickshaw driver, the police said that soon after helping Lad, she was attacked by three unidentified men on motorbikes. “They asked why she was helping Lad. When the witness told them to go away, one of the men kicked her in the stomach. The witness hit the men back with an umbrella. The men rode away, saying they would return with more men, but did not,” said S. S. Kadam, SI, Kapurbawdi police station.
On Wednesday, the police released sketches of the trio based on the descriptions provided by the woman who had helped Lad. “We are not yet sure how they are linked with the auotrickshaw driver. We have distributed copies of the sketches at public places across Thane and have also contacted the autorickshaw drivers union,” said Kadam. Dr. Harshad Purandare, a neurosurgeon treating Lad at Jupiter Hospital, said Lad’s condition continues to be critical and that she is under intensive care.