Youth who dragged minor to deserted area gets bail, enraged parents file complaint

Abel dragged a minor student to a deserted area on Friday.

Kochi: Enraged that a youth, who forcibly dragged a school-going child to a deserted place in broad daylight, has secured bail, the latter's parents and school authorities have complained to the police. They have written to higher authorities including the Ernakulam City Police Commissioner and the State Director General of Police (DGP).

The accused Abel, a 28-year-old Nagaland native, is alleged to have tried to forcibly take a seventh-grade student of Ponnurunni School to a deserted area by physically dragging him.

The boy's parents said that he is in trauma after learning that police let the accused go on station bail.

Following this, the authorities of CKC High School, Ponnurunni, and parents petitioned the authorities to reconsider the bail.

Residents say the accused has harassed other children earlier. CCTV visuals of the earlier incidents would be collected and handed over to the police, said the boy's relative. 

The incident happened on Friday around 1.30 pm. According to the complaint, the student, who was returning home after Onam celebrations at the school, was forcibly dragged by the accused to a deserted place near the railway track. The boy escaped from the man’s clutches and informed his parents.

The accused was caught by the boy’s father and his friends. It was, in fact, the boy himself who showed the accused, a worker in a nearby shop, to his father.

Many parents have complained that drug abuse and the sale of narcotic substances and intoxicants have been rampant along the railway track near the school premises.

A N Sajeevan, the PTA president of the school, has urged the police to increase vigil in the area.

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