Engg student kidnapping: Cops look for missing links
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Two days after 20-year-old College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) student was allegedly kidnapped and thrown into Vashi creek from a bridge on Vashi-Mankhurd, the missing links in the case continue to haunt Deccan Gymkhana police and the crime branch.
The victim, Nikhil Gatagat, told police that he had come to Pune from Latur and had got down at Swargate bus stand on Saturday morning. He told police that four of the unidentified persons with whom he shared rickshaw while going to BMCC college allegedly drugged him by placing a handkerchief on his mouth.
Senior inspector Manohar Joshi of Deccan Gymkhana police station said, "He told us that he was rescued from the Vashi creek by two fishermen on Saturday night. He was robbed of his cell phone, watch and Rs 60,000 that he was carrying with him."
Gatagat was allegedly taken to Vashi police station where his first information report was registered and was later transferred to Deccan Gymkhana police station.
"We had taken Gatagat to the spot from where he was rescued. The bridge from where he was thrown is old and hardly has any traffic. We could not find any eyewitness in the case," Joshi added.
A police officer with Deccan police said, "Our teams have visited the spot on FC Road where Gatagat was allegedly drugged. We could not find any witnesses from the spot. We are are on the lookout for witnesses. He also doesn't remember numbers of the rickshaw and the car in which he was taken to Vashi. There are too many missing links."
A senior officer with the crime branch said, "What is very confusing is why would the suspects take him all the way to Vashi after robbing him here. He does not remember a lot of things."
A M Sapkal, head of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication at CoEP said, "He is a third year student. The admissions for final year are yet to commence. We do not accept fees by cash."
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