Police arrest 2 culprits in the kidnap case of Sarapady Ashalatha

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Bantwal, May 8: Ashalatha of Allipade in Sarapady village, a tenth standard girl had gone missing mysteriously fifty days ago, the Bantwal Rural police who have busted the mystery by arresting two persons relating to the case.

The girl’s aunt Savitha of Sarapady and the uncle, Dharmaraj has been arrested. Both have been produced before the court and remanded to judicial custody. The police have rushed to Mumbai in search of the girl.

Ashalatha, a student of Navoor High School and daughter of late Jayanth Poojari of Sarapady village was kidnapped. As per the CC camera footage of a Bantwal temple, police found that the girl’s aunt had come in a car and had taken the girl from near the temple, Later it was found that a person named Ashok of Bijapur had kidnapped the girl.

The police were informed that the girl is in Mumbai and the suspicion is that she might have been pushed to flesh trade. It is said Ashok used to come to Mangalore to sell raisins and it is not known how he came to know the girl.

According to the girl’s mother Vishalakshi, her daughter had been to purchase some things. However when she did not return until evening, she enquired Savitha who said the girl was in her house. But later when she dint return, a search was conducted for her the whole night, then a complaint was lodged and the police later took into custody the car driver Mustafa.

Police had found a new pair of footware at the house, they were suspicious about it, then it was found that  Savitha had purchased a new pair of footwear for Ashalatha at a shop in Bantwal Town and took her  to Tirumala Venkatramana Temple where Savitha waited for someone for quite long and was seen speaking over phone, as revealed in CCTV footage.

“A car with three men came there later and the lady spoke to them who then asked the girl to come in. When the girl refused, Savitha herself sat in the car and made the girl sit beside her,” said Nagaraj.

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