In a classic example of police apathy, officers from the Virar and Malad police stations took three months to take action on an abduction complaint. The police finally registered the complaint of the parents of a 20-year-old girl, who was kidnapped by her neighbour on October 5 and subsequently released, on Saturday.
The victim’s 35-year-old neighbour, Zainuddhin Ansari, confined her in a house at an undisclosed location for five days and threatened her to marry him. He later asked her parents to cough up Rs1lakh before finally releasing her on October 10.
The victim’s lawyer, Amol Patankar, said, “The Malad police registered a case of kidnapping, wrongful confinement, hurt while committing robbery, intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal intimidation against the kidnapper and his six associates (which include his mother and sister) on Saturday.” He added that the case was registered only after the victim and the parents approached the additional commissioner of police (north region) Sunil Pasarkar and ACP RR Joshi, a liaison officer of the commissioner of police Dr Satyapal Singh.
Patankar demanded that the state home department should take stern action against the officers of Malad and Virar police stations for their gross negligence.
Avinash Jadhav, senior inspector of Malad police station, however, said the case was a false one.
The victim, a resident of Virar, was kidnapped by Zainuddhin Ansari and his three associates from Malad on the pretext of dropping her home. They threatened her with a knife inside the car and she fell unconscious,” said Patankar.
When she gained consciousness, she found herself at a house with her hands and legs tied, and her mouth sealed as well. She was told that she would be released only if her father, a grocery shop owner, paid them Rs1 lakh in cash. Her father had lodged a missing person complaint at Virar police station on October 6.
The next day, Ansari along with his mother, sister and a moulavi visited the victim and forced her to marry Ansari and convert to Islam. When the victim refused, Ansari slapped her and his mother and sister took the victim’s gold chain and two gold earrings. On October 10, they took her to Vasai in a car after which she took an auto to get back home.
The victim, who had become physically and mentally weak, had to undergo medical treatment for a week. The victim along with her parents then went to Virar police station several times to lodge a complaint. They registered a non-cognizable complaint against the accused on November 5 and subsequently wrote a letter to the Malad police station to follow up the case, added Patankar.