On Wednesday around 8:30 pm Dipti Sarna, a 24-year-old woman who worked with the e-commerce portal Snapdeal in Gurgaon, took an auto-rickshaw as usual from outside the metro station at Vaishali in Ghaziabad. Her father was waiting for her at the old bus stand of Ghaziabad to accompany her home.
Kavi Nagar resident Narendra Sarna received a call from his daughter when her auto crossed the Hindon river bridge, to let him know that she was on her way. This was a routine procedure for Dipti who had been taking the same route for the last one year and nothing was amiss until then.
According to his statement to Uttar Pradesh police, senior Sarna said it was then that he got a call from a friend of Dipti's in Bengaluru who warned him that his daughter might be in danger. The friend has apparently been speaking to her and heard some commotion.
Dipti had taken a shared auto rickshaw and another woman told the auto drivers around that area she was forcibly pushed out of the vehicle. Police are looking for the woman who allegedly said some men had waved a knife at her to force her to get down.
Her father was waiting for her near the Ghaziabad bus stand when he received a call from her friend. The friend informed her father that she was in danger. He had been speaking to her on the phone when he heard her scream and the call got disconnected.
"He had been speaking to her on the phone when he heard her scream and the call got disconnected,” City SP Salman Taj Patil told the Indian Express. She was also heard shouting at the auto driver for taking a wrong route. Her phone was switched off after that.
An FIR has been filed at Sihani Gate police station under Section 364 (kidnapping in order to murder) of the IPC.
Police said they have launched a search operation in the jungles of Morti near Raj Nagar extension, where her last location was traced to. Ten teams of the Ghaziabad Police are trying to trace Dipti.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, has instructed the Ghaziabad SSP to personally head the search operation.
Her company has put out a public appeal on Facebook to help trace her.
Police is trying to trace Dipti by electronic surveillance and monitoring some other mobile numbers. Some auto drivers were also summoned for questioning, the officer said. Meanwhile, there were protests by people outside the residences of police officials.
(With PTI inputs)
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