Bus driver abducts minor girl with just Rs 500, sells her ear rings to meet expenses 

Bus driver Shibin

Pathanamthitta: A private bus driver was remanded in a case pertaining to the abduction of a tenth standard girl from Seethathodu. Vadaserikara native Shibin (32) was booked by the Moozhiyar police from Kottayam on Tuesday. He is married and a father of two children.

Police informed that the girl was having a relationship with Shibin. When her parents found her speaking to Shibin through her mother’s phone, the family had firmly objected to the relationship. Meanwhile, the mother switched on the call recorder on her mobile phone to keep a watch on the girl.

Shibin had absconded with the girl on Tuesday morning. When the mother contacted the number in which her daughter used to call Shibin, he informed her that the girl is safe with him and they will return the next morning. Soon, the mother informed the police.

Shibin reached Kottayam with the girl via Alappuzha, Cherthala and Ettumanoor. Later, both of them stayed in a lodge near the Medical College bus stand here. He had borrowed Rs 500 from a friend before leaving Pathanamthitta. En route, he sold the ear rings of the girl and received Rs 3,500. Following the order of district police chief Swapnil Madhukar Mahajan, Moozhiyar police had issued a lookout notice against Shibin, which helped the police identify him along with the girl.

Inspections were conducted focusing on hotels and lodges under Inspector KS Gopakumar. The investigation proceeded by tracing the mobile phone and Shibin was booked by Tuesday evening.

After a medical examination, the girl has been shifted to a One Stop Centre in Kozhencherry. Police booked a case against Shibin on charges of kidnapping and violating POCSO Act. The investigation team comprised of SI Kiran, CPOs PK Lal, Binu Lal, Shaiju, Shine, Gireesh and Aswathy.

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