Kollam abduction: Auto used by suspects seized, cops arrive at child's home for questioning parents

Police check vehicles following child's abduction in Kollam. File photo: Manorama

Kollam: In a crucial development, the police have seized the autorickshaw used by suspects for travelling around town after the abduction of the six-year-old girl in Oyoor. The auto driver was also taken into custody.

The investigating team has also collected CCTV visuals of the suspects who travelled in the vehicle.

The investigation is also focussing on the child's father, who is a nurse at a private hospital in Pathanamthitta, and the people who have prior enmity with him. The crime branch team arrived at the girl's house as part of the investigation on Friday. A three-member team led by Kottarakkara Crime Branch DySP reached the house and spoke to the parents. Though the child's father was instructed to appear at the SP office, he did not appear for the interrogation. The police team reached the child's house following this.

The cops had earlier confiscated an old phone of the child's father from his quarters. The child's father is also the president of United Nurses Association's Pathanamthitta district unit. His wife is also an active member of UNA.

The police have questioned some members of UNA in connection with the case. Police are probing whether financial transactions related to the recruitment of nurses and admission to nursing courses led to the abduction. It is suspected that one of the kidnappers is a nursing caretaker, police sources revealed. Police say that there are indications that the woman was the victim of a recruiting fraud. The police narrowed down the search to the nursing caretaker based on the sketch released on Thursday.

A six-year-old girl who was abducted from Kollam's Oyoor on November 27 was found nearly 21 hours after the kidnapping. The abductors had left young girl on a bench at the Asramam Maidan in Kollam, where she was spotted by members of the public, who informed the police.

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