Woman tweets ‘abduction’, claims police indifference

Police have begun a probe after a woman posted a tweet claiming she saw two drunk men abducting an adolescent in a car in Andheri Thursday night. She also allegedly alerted a police party, but met with indifference.

Oshiwara police called Damanjeet Grewal (20), a student of St Andrews College in Bandra, Saturday to help them identify the suspected victim from files of children reported missing in and around the city.

"To get leads, we will show the woman photos of all missing children, especially girls," a police officer said.

The incident reportedly unfolded Thursday night when Grewal was waiting with friends for a table outside a restaurant in Oshiwara.

"Suddenly, a silver Santro drove up. The last digits on the licence plate were 5774 or 5764. Two men in their 20s were in the front seats, loud music was playing. In the rear seat was a girl in school uniform not more than eight years old, crying inconsolably," said Grewal.

"I became suspicious, ran up to the combat vehicle (waiting for a food parcel) and told the four constables in it what I had seen. I urged them to chase the car, but the cops displayed complete lack of interest. They told me to go home and that they will alert local police. They said they had just ordered Chinese food and couldn't leave. I stayed there a little while, but noticed the constables didn't even relay a message over the wireless. So, I started tweeting about the matter," she said.

Cherring Dorje, DCP (zone 9), said, "An inquiry has been initiated. We do not know if this is a case of kidnapping or Grewal's hunch. We will find out the truth. If there was negligence on the part of the officers, we will take action against them."

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