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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: A 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly kidnapped by a man on October 19 from North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, was rescued by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Bhubaneswar Railway Station on Thursday. The RPF also detained the 38-year-old man who later taken into custody by the West Bengal Police.

Both the Class VIII and the man identified Syed Ali are residents of Kakdwip Town in North 24 Parganas district of the neighbouring State. The duo has been handed over to the Harwood Point Police Station in Kakdwip Town.

As per an the allegations of the family members of the girl, she was kidnapped by Syed on October 19 following which they informed lodged an FIR at Harwood Point Police Station.

Based on FIR, police started an investigation and came to know that Syedd had boarded the Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Nilayam Train with the girl and they were going to Vijaywada.

“We received a requisition over phone from the IIC of Harwood Point Police Station that a case of kidnap of a minor girl had been registered with them that the duo was travelling in Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Nilayam Train from West Bengal towards Vijaywada.They shared the copies of the FIR, ID card and photographs of the girl through e-mail,” said K Sethi, Inspector-In-Charge of RPF Station Bhubaneswar.

The Bhubaneswar RPF immediately swung into action and began searching for the girl inside the train as it arrived at 9.30 am yesterday. The police team found the girl in S-4 coach of the train and detained them.

“I was taking her to marry her and I was unaware that she was a minor. We were going to Kerala. We were in love relationship since the last six months,” said Syed who is married twice and has three children.

A police team from the Harwood Point Police Station reached Bhubaneswar and took the custody of the girl and the accused Syed Ali. Further investigation into the case will be carried out by the neighbouring police.

“Following a complaint of kidnapping from the family members of the girl against Syed Ali, we had started an investigation. He is already married twice. While his first wife is no more, he has three children from his second wife. Despite being married, he was eloping with the minor girl,” informed Pralay Dhar, Sub-Inspector at Harwood Point Police Station.

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