Kerala Kaumudi Online
Monday, 04 March 2024 7.32 PM IST

Abigail where are you? Kerala shook by kidnap of six-year-old girl


KOLLAM: Police have intensified the search to find the six-year-old girl who was abducted by a four-member gang in Oyoor in Kollam. The entire Kerala is currently praying for the safety of the child.

The shocking incident took place at around 4.30 pm yesterday. Abigail Sara Reji, the daughter of Oyoor native Reji, was on her way to tuition class along with her brother Jonathan when the gang abducted her. Although the gang had attempted to kidnap Jonathan as well, the child managed to escape from them. At around 7.45 pm, the child's mother received a phone call from a woman who demanded a ransom of Rs 5 lakhs. Later, it was found that the phone call was made from a shop at Kulamada in Parippally. Upon investigation, the police found that the call was made by a man and a woman who came to the shop in an autorickshaw after borrowing the mobile phone of a woman working there. The woman in the shop had no idea what they talked about on the phone. The police are trying to find out if the man and woman who arrived in the autorickshaw were members of the group that kidnapped the child.

After a few hours, the girl's family received another phone call demanding more ransom. The kidnappers demanded Rs 10 lakhs to release the girl. The woman who spoke on the phone said that the child was safe with them and would be brought home in Oyoor at ten o'clock on Tuesday morning. She also told them not to report the matter to the police.

Abigail is the youngest daughter of Oyoor native Reji and his wife Siji. Reji is the dialysis in charge at Muthoot Hospital, Pathanamthitta. Siji is a nurse at KIMS, Kottiyam. The child was abducted in a white Honda Amaze car with a fake number.​

Abigail and Jonathan were on their way to the tuition class when the gang came from behind and stopped the car near them. A man then got out of the car and quickly pulled Abigail into the car. Although they attempted to kidnap Jonathan as well, the boy managed to escape from them. Following this, the gang fled the spot. The car went on the Oyoor-Parippally route. The family came to know about the incident only when Jonathan reached home crying. Only Reji's mother was there at home at that time. Soon, locals informed the police. Police have handed over the details to all police stations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The police are conducting an investigation to find the culprits by focusing on surveillance cameras. Vehicle inspections are also being carried out. Kottarakkara DySP recorded the statements of Abigail's parents and brother. The investigation is under the supervision of ADGP Ajith Kumar.

Car in camera

  • The footage of the car was obtained from the camera of a nearby house
  • The gang was aware of the tuition timing of the children
  • The gang stopped the car near the house of Reji and waited for the children
  • Upon seeing the children, the gang started the car and kidnapped Abigail
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