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She panicked but stood her ground

Marri Ramu
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The 22-year-old techie used pepper spray before jumping out of the moving autorickshaw

It was some bravado, some preparedness and a pepper spray that helped the 22-year-old woman to save herself from the machinations of two abductors at SR Nagar on Tuesday night.

The woman did panic obviously as the driver of the auto-rickshaw continued to drive on unidentified roads. But, she had the presence of mind to call her friend on her mobile to inform her that she was being abducted. Noticing this, the other man sitting next to the driver moved into the passenger compartment of the auto and tried to pin her to the seat to prevent her from using her phone and also to stop her from escaping.

That was when the young software engineer, who works in a private firm, used the pepper spray and jumped out of the moving three-wheeler near DLF bus stop in Madhapur. She fell on her back and sustained a bleeding wound on the back of her head. Surprised passers-by, including a Wipro employee Naveen, tried to chase the auto, but the abductors managed to speed away. The woman was rushed to a private hospital. “She was courageous, intelligent and took the bull by horns. Instead of panicking, her spontaneous response saved her from the clutches of kidnappers though she suffered injury,” the West zone DCP G. Sudheer Babu said on Wednesday after speaking with her. The woman is a graduate from BITS, Pilani, and hails from Maharashtra. She came to city for a project work and was residing at Narayanaguda.

She boarded the three-wheeler after coming out of L’Oreal beauty parlour in Madhapur around 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday and wanted to go to Maithrivanam in Ameerpet. As other passengers in the sharing auto-rickshaw got off at different points, she was alone by the time it reached Yousufguda. “The driver and his accomplice had planned to abduct her,” the police said.

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