An alert 11-year-old schoolgirl escaped from the clutches of a teenage kidnapper, when he tried to drag her into the staircase of a building at Bebquegal-Curchorem on Thursday evening.
The teenager was later caught in the building and was given a thrashing by onlookers, before he was handed over to the police.
According to reports, the incident took place at about 5.45 pm when the girl was returning from tuitions and was proceeding to her father’s tailoring shop at the same building.
An unknown boy suddenly caught hold of the girl as she was near the building and covered her mouth with his hand, before dragging her towards the staircase of the building. The panic-stricken girl tried to resist him and in desperation, bit his hand to break free from his grasp.
The terrified girl rushed towards her father’s shop in tears and narrated the incident. Noticing her in distress, onlookers quickly gathered at the site. Some people then began searching the building and found the accused hiding in the terrace.
Angry onlookers thrashed the boy before he was handed over to the police.
However, the police claimed to have found the boy on the terrace after a search operation and added that the boy had injured himself while trying to escape from the staircase, after he had noticed the people and police approaching him.
The teenager, who incidentally completes 18 years in July, was identified by the victim and police later sent him to Apna Ghar at Merces.
Police have registered the case under Sections 341, 363, 354 read with 511 of IPC and Section 8 of Children’s Act.
“The report will be sent to Apna Ghar as the boy will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act,” informed Curchorem PI Siddhant Shirodkar. [H]