Though the details of her 30-hour ordeal are still sketchy at the moment, several reports seemed to suggest that Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna, who was missing since Wednesday after she boarded an auto-rickshaw on her way home from work, managed to get away from her abductors and reach home safely on Friday.
IANS quoted Sarna's grandfather KN Sarna as saying that at 6:00 am Deepti called-up her father from an unknown mobile number and told him that she had managed to flee from Karnal and had reached the New Delhi Railway station. She asked him to pick her up. Her phone and purse are missing.
"Papa, I have come, I am fine," she reportedly told her father who rushed to the station to meet her. An NDTV report claimed Dipti was abducted by four persons who allegedly "blindfolded her and drove around before dumping her."
There are conflicting reports about what actually happened during the period she was missing. Superintendent of Police (city) Salman Taj Patil said they are investigating the case and will question Dipti later in the day as she needed rest now. He said Dipti has not been "physically harmed".
Snapdeal exec Dipti who was found in Panipat 2 days after she went missing, reunites with her family in Ghaziabad. pic.twitter.com/TjqDhIjlWL— ANI (@ANI_news) February 12, 2016
Dipti has been found and reunited with her family. Will update with more details. Thank you for all your support and prayers. #HelpFindDipti— Snapdeal (@snapdeal) February 12, 2016
"We will probe as to how she had gone to Panipat. We are very sure that she has not been physically harmed and she is fine," the SP said. Senior Superintendent of Police Dharmendra Singh along with other officers will question the girl about the incident, Patil said.
Deepti's father said she called him up in the morning and told him that she was on a train from Panipat.
"She told me that she will come to Vaishali, but I asked her not to come to Vaishali and said I will come to New Delhi Railway Station to pick her. I don't know how she came (managed to escape). She was calling me up from the phone of her co-passenger in the train. She was found sitting in the train. I don't know whether she was in trauma," he was quoted by PTI as saying.
Here's a happy ending to a story that could easily have ended very, very badly in a country where crimes against women are rampant. A massive manhunt was on to trace the 24-year-old woman who worked with the e-commerce portal in Gurgaon.
Ms.Dipti spoke to her parents; soon to join them; we are eagerly awaiting for her return- Sh.Dharmendra,SSP, GZB #HelpFindDipti— Government of UP (@UPGovt) February 12, 2016
On Wednesday night, Dipt's father 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 route Dipti had been taking 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.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had instructed the Ghaziabad SSP to personally head the search operation.
Her company had also put out a public appeal on Facebook to help trace her.
Our team is our family https://t.co/PksCWIOwXo— Kunal Bahl (@1kunalbahl) February 12, 2016
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