Minor girl kidnapped by Facebook friends, rescued hours later

A 16-old-girl was allegedly kidnapped by two persons, who befriended her on Facebook, from near her house in Porvorim locality in Goa here on Monday. She was rescued hours later, police said today.

After the rescue operation last night, the Goa police nabbed two persons, one of them a minor boy.

While Shabbir Babasaheb Sayed (21) was arrested, the minor boy was sent to a state-run Juvenile Home, they said.

“The college-going girl was kidnapped in a white car and we rescued her within three hours. She has been handed over to the family,” Porvorim Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi, who headed the rescue operation, told media.

The duo got in touch with her through Facebook and asked to come near her house yesterday to meet her, the officer said, adding that they kidnapped her from there.

As the girl did not return home, her family lodged a missing complaint.

Dalvi said police printed photos of most of her Facebook friends and showed them to some informants who confirmed that the girl was seen near her house with the two accused. Acting on a tip-off, police combed the entire locality and traced the location of the duo.

“They was still travelling with the girl when they were nabbed in Porvorim,” he added.

The police have sent the girl for a medical examination at Goa Medical college and Hospital.

A case under relevant section of IPC has been registered against the accused and investigations are underway, police said.

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