In a case of road rage that took an even uglier turn, a 40-year-old woman was allegedly abducted by an armed pedestrian after he was hit by her car outside a busy mall in Virar Wednesday. Till Thursday night, the police had not been able to trace the woman.
The police were told about the entire sequence of events by the woman’s friend who was with her in the car when the incident took place. According to her, the two women were returning home when their car hit a man near Gokul City in Virar. As they stopped the car, the pedestrian started banging on the windscreen asking them to unlock the door. Scared, the women unlocked the door, immediately after which the man barged inside and held the victim at gunpoint, asking her to drive as per his instructions.
After driving for nearly 90 minutes, the complainant said, the vehicle hit a pole, puncturing the tyres. At this point, she added, the two women tried to escape but the man pushed the victim into an oncoming autorickshaw and fled. The friend then rushed to the nearest police chowky and narrated the incident. The police started combing the area but were not able to locate either the man or the woman till last reports came in. An officer said they were questioning the acquaintances of the victim to find out if it could be a case of personal enmity. “We have rounded up a couple of people and are questioning them. There are several angles and we are also probing if it is more than just a case of road rage. We are checking if the two were known to each other as the accused allowed the friend to leave but took the victim with him,” said a senior officer. As per the description given by the friend, the accused appeared to be in his late 40s. Investigators said it was unusual in a road rage case for an accused to let go of one of the victims.
The police have recorded the statement of the victim’s husband who works with a private firm. The woman is a homemaker and the couple have a 21-year-old daughter. The police are also questioning autorickshaw drivers in the area to track down the auto purportedly used by the accused to abduct the woman.
Special teams have been formed to work on different leads. They checked images from CCTV footages but that did not yield anything. The police have booked the unidentified man under Section 364 (kidnapping or abducting with aim of murdering a person), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, along with relevant sections of the Arms Act.