‘Kidnapped’ BBSR delivery boy traced in MP

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‘Kidnapped’ BBSR delivery boy traced in MP

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

The kidnapping case of Swiggy delivery boy Patitapaban Prusty took a major turn with police tracking him in Madhya Pradesh with a girlfriend while they were travelling in a train.

While the Railway Protection Force (RPF)  have detained him and the girl, a team lead by the Dhauli police station IIC have left for Madhya Pradesh, to bring them here. The truth behind the incident would be unravlelled after questioning the two, said city DCP Umashankar Dash.

But prima facie investigations it has been ascertained the youth had gone there on his own and was not kidnapped, said Dash.

During investigation, the Dhauli Police found CCTV footage which showed Patitapaban at the Bhubaneswar railway station and later his mobile number was put under surveillance and he was tracked.

The RPF detained him at a railway station in Madhya Pradesh.

This was contrary to the allegation of his family members that he had been kidnapped at Lingipur near Daya river on the outskirts of the city on September 11 night.

Police had seized his footwear, bag, wallet, T-shirt and a knife from the spot. Moreover, Patitapaban’s wife had received a voice message from him, in which he was heard saying that he was being abducted by four drunk youths in an auto-rickshaw.

It was suspected that he faked the kidnapping to make his kin believe that he was abducted.

The entire incident has become more mysterious as parents of a girl of Balanga area in Puri district have lodged a complaint with the Gop police alleging that Patitapaban kidnapped their daughter, a college student.

They also claimed that Patitapaban had a relationship with their daughter before his marriage. He continued the relationship even after his marriage, they said.

Bonding between the two developed while Patitapaban used to come to his maternal aunt’s house near the girl’s residence, the complainants said.

Notably,  Patitapaban had married Ahalya Parida of Maliatutha village under Ramachandi police station in Puri district, eight months ago. Later, the couple started staying at a rented house in the Dhauli area of the city.

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