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Saturday, 13 April 2024 6.41 AM IST

Kidnapping Abigail Sara: Three taken into custody from Thiruvananthapuram, 15 lakh found


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Three people have been taken into custody in connection with the abduction of Abigail Sara, a six-year-old girl from Oyoor near Pooyappally in Kollam. They were taken into custody from Thiruvananthapuram. Two were taken into custody from Sreekanteswaram and one from Sreekaryam. The police brought the person taken into custody from Sreekaryam to Sreekanteswaram and took the other two into custody. People including Prajeesh, the owner of a car washing center in Sreekanteswaram are in custody. It is reported that Rs 15 lakh have also been recovered from them.

The state wide search for Abigail Sara has crossed 15 hours. The police are for an intensive search all over Kerala. The whole Malayalees are praying that nothing should happen to the child. The police have released a sketch of the suspect.

The incident that shocked the state happened at 4:30 pm yesterday. The masked gang in the car also tried to abduct Abigail's brother Jonathan but somehow, he escaped from their hands. The child’s mother received a call at 7.45 pm from a woman demanding a ransom of Rs 5 lakh. The gang reached a shop at Kulamada in Paripally and from the phone of Girija, the owner of the shop, called the child’s mother. She said the man and the woman arrived in an auto. They left after buying biscuits, rusk and coconut from the shop. The woman then called the child’s mother again demanding Rs 10 lakh. She said the child is safe in their hands. When the girl’s mother asked if would return the child if given the money now, she replied the boss’ direction is to return at ten in the morning. She hung up the phone asking to arrange Rs 10 lakh. The police have started an investigation on this number as well.

Abigail is the younger daughter of Reji John and Ciji of Reji Bhavan near Pooyapally Kattadimukku. Reji is in-charge of dialysis at Pathanamthitta Muthoot Hospital and Ciji, a nurse at KIMS in Kottiyam.

The child was abducted in a white Honda car with a fake number plate. Abigail of class one and her brother Jonathan of third class were going to their tuition class which is hundred meters away. Meanwhile, the car that came from behind stopped near the children. A man, who got out of the car handed Abigail a piece of paper asking to give it to her mother and then quickly dragged her into the car. When he caught Jonathan, he beat him with the stick he had in his hand and escaped. The car then sped away. The car went to Oyoor-Paripally route. Jonathan went home crying and only then the others came to know about it. Only Reji’s mother was in the house. The locals immediately informed the police. The police passed the information to all police stations in the state and Tamil Nadu. Surveillance cameras are also being investigated. Vehicle inspection continued. Kottarakkara DySP recorded the statement of Abigail's parents and brother. The investigation is under the supervision of ADGP Ajith Kumar.

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