Kidnappers demanded money; don’t know if they were gold smugglers, says Alappuzha woman
Palakkad: Alappuzha Mannar native Bindu said that she did not know if gold smugglers had abducted her. There were four people inside the car and they demanded money, Bindu said while addressing the media while police were taking her to Alappuzha.
The kidnappers, who took Bindu away from her home at Mannar early on Monday had abandoned her near Mudappallur in Vadakkencherry in Palakkad district around 11 am. Bindu, who was exhausted, later took an autorickshaw and reached the Vadakkencherry police station. Police took her to Alathur Taluk Hospital for first aid. Later, she was taken to Chengannur.
Vadakkancherry police said that they did not question Bindu as she was exhausted. She will be handed over to Alappuzha police as a team led by the Chengannur SP is investigating the case, the officials said.
Bindhu, who had returned from abroad four days ago, was abducted by a gang in the wee hours of Monday.
In the complaint to the police, Bindu’s family alleged that a 15-member gang intruded on their house with machete and other weapons and kidnapped Bindhu. The family also alleged that Koduvally natives are behind the crime.
Meanwhile, police are of the assumption that a gold smuggling racket is involved in the abduction. Police assumed that the woman had links with the racket. But the officials did not disclose further details.
It is learned that police have got a clue about the gang who abducted the woman. Efforts are on to nab the accused by tracing their mobile tower location.
During the investigation, police found that Bindhu who works as an accountant in a supermarket in Qatar used to visit Kerala frequently. Her travel history recorded in the passport justifies this fact.
The woman who reached Kerala in January returned to Dubai. Later, she returned to Kerala on February 19, said police. On the basis of this, police suspect that she was a carrier of gold smuggling.